(MENAFN - AzerNews) King of Morocco Mohammed VI has said he attaches great importance to his country`s relationship with Azerbaijan as he congratulated President Ilham Aliyev on the 25th anniversary of the founding of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
'Azerbaijan and Morocco celebrate the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, it gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency my warmest congratulations and my best wishes for good health and happiness. I also wish your people further progress and prosperity under your enlightened leadership, Mohammed VI said in his message, Azertac reported.
'I should like to take this opportunity to say how much I value the special brotherly relations rooted in cooperation between our two nations. I am also deeply satisfied with our consultation and concerted action on all matters of common concern, bilaterally and within regional and international organizations, particularly the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
'In this regard, I commend Your Excellency's initiative to make 2017 the Year of Islamic Solidarity, thereby illustrating your firm commitment to promoting the values of openness, tolerance and solidarity advocated by the pristine Islamic faith, he said.
'As we mark this diplomatic milestone, I should like Your Excellency to know how keen I am to continue working with you to strengthen our cooperation in all fields in order to serve our interests, safeguard our territorial integrity and contribute to promoting closer ties and mutual assistance within the Muslim Ummah, Mohammed VI added.
Morocco recognized independence of Azerbaijan on December 30, 1991. Diplomatic relations between two countries has been established on August 25, 1992.
The embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan was opened in Rabat in 2006, the embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco was opened in Baku in 2009. Both countries have a fruitful cooperation on different spheres, including political, economic, humanitarian, and tourism.
The governments of the two countries note the favorable conditions for the development of cooperation in the economic sphere, in particular in such areas as agriculture, tourism, alternative and renewable energy.
The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Morocco amounted to about $1.74 million in January-June 2017, which is $566.510 or 48.2 percent more than the indicator of the same period of 2016.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Morocco Nasser Bourita plans to visit Azerbaijan in late November.
During the visit, the minister will hold talks with Azerbaijani officials on the prospects for cooperation between the two countries in the political, economic and humanitarian spheres.