French FM Visits Morocco in Bid to Turn the Page on Crises

French Foreign Minister Stéphane Séjourné visits Morocco today, Monday, to meet with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita, in a move aimed at strengthening ties between the two countries after a series of diplomatic crises.

Séjourné was originally scheduled to visit Morocco on Sunday, but the visit was postponed for 24 hours for undisclosed reasons.

According to the French news agency AFP and the BFMTV network, Séjourné and Bourita will discuss a range of issues, including the upcoming visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Morocco to meet with King Mohammed VI.

AFP quoted a diplomatic source as saying that the two ministers will participate in a working lunch, adding that the visit "represents a strong step towards opening a new chapter in the relationship between the two countries."

The French newspaper "Africa Intelligence" had reported that Séjourné and Bourita would discuss the scenario of Macron's trip to Morocco, which is expected to take place within months, possibly before the coming summer.

This comes in the context of a clear improvement in relations between the two countries recently, which the new French Foreign Minister himself has expressed.

On Thursday, the French government confirmed that Stéphane Séjourné is working on visiting Morocco within days, stressing that the aim is to "adopt a new political agenda and restore the old relationship" with Rabat.

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