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Vol 60 No 14

Published 12th July 2019


Lobbying pays off for Bourita

Rabat’s charm offensive on Brussels has been bearing fruit, as the EU offers deals during the Foreign Minister’s red-carpet visit

Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita had plenty of reasons to be cheerful after getting the red-carpet treatment from the European Union during his late-June visit. Morocco's foreign minister has been feeling heavy royal pressure, but his visit to Brussels for the EU-Morocco Association Council to meet EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini produced a generously worded communiqué that promises the swift relaunch of talks on a 'deep and comprehensive free trade agreement' between Rabat and Brussels, among a series of other goodies.

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