Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov exchanged messages of congratulations for the 60th anniversary of bilateral bonds between Morocco and Russia.
The messages pinpointed the “deep friendship,” “mutual respect,” and the “multidimensional and exemplary partnership” that links the two countries.
Morocco and Russia made first contact in 1778 when Morocco’s Sultan Mohammed III bin Abdullah and Empress Catherine II exchanged messages. The two countries then agreed to sign a peace treaty.
The Russian government wrote in October 2017 that the “historical ties strengthened after King Mohammed VI visited Moscow in 2002 and 2016.”
In their recent messages, the two ministers reiterated their commitment to jointly consolidate Moroccan-Russian relations within the framework of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, signed in March 2016 under the chairman of King Mohammed VI and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
In 2017, Morocco and Russia signed 11 agreements to boost bilateral cooperation in several sectors, including energy, agriculture, culture, education, investment, and trade.
The agreement followed talks between Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani and his counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.