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Enhanced Immunities Agreement With Morocco

| 04/09/2021

“Today, our countries are writing another great entry in our diplomatic history books,” Pompeo said at a signing ceremony. “The consular officers of our nations deserve the same privileges and rights as our embassy officers enjoy. This agreement offers these good things. According to the U.S. State Department, today`s agreement is the first of its kind between the United States and an African nation, demonstrating Morocco`s important role as the United States` primary partner in Africa. The agreement became the first such agreement between the United States and an African nation. With this agreement, “we have shown the high level of trust between our two countries,” Bourita said. Pompeo took the opportunity to express his pride in U.S.-Morocco relations in 2020. The agreement “reflects the incredible service our teams have provided this year,” he said. In particular, he mentioned the coordination of the repatriation of US nationals to Morocco, as well as the upcoming construction of a new US consulate in Casablanca. According to the ministry, the agreement strengthens bilateral relations between Rabat and Washington. Signed shortly after Pompeo`s visit to several Gulf countries to discuss security issues, it also aims to help Morocco and the United States promote the security, stability and prosperity of their people.

The agreement extends privileges to diplomats working at the U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca and the Moroccan Consulate in New York. This agreement will allow us to better support the important work of our respective consular officials serving our citizens abroad, and it will also accompany our expanded cooperation in this area. Just as we agree to lay the first stones for this – which will become international diplomatic law, we now agree on modernization. The construction of the new U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca will continue the U.S. regional presence in Morocco. These developments could not be as long as we celebrate this year – next year, the 200th anniversary of the U.S.

Embassy in Tangier, the first and oldest diplomatic property of the United States in the world and a permanent testimony of our former friendship. The authors of this treaty, Sultan Sidi Muhammad ibn Abdallah on the Moroccan side, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson of the United States, presented this treaty with a triple meaning: a sense of geography, because we are neighbors, Mr. Secretary, despite the ocean of 6,000 kilometers between our coasts. A sense of geostrategy. The decision of King Sidi Muhammad ibn Abdullah was not a game of chance; It was a strategic step. And a sense of trust; It was also a sign of trust and faith in America`s great destiny. The provisions of this agreement, signed by the U.S. Ambassador to Rabat, David Fischer, and the Director of Protocol of the State Department Anas Khales, stipulate that each party grants consular officials of the other party and their families the privileges and immunities provided for in Articles 29 to 36 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The agreement, signed by U.S. Ambassador to Rabat David Fischer and Anas Khales, Ambassador of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, aims to ensure the effective functioning of diplomatic representations on both sides. The agreement will further facilitate consular representation of both countries and shows Washington`s willingness to “update” international diplomatic law.

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