Third Morocco-Pacific Islands States Forum underway in Laayoune

By Iddi Z. Yire, GNA Special Correspondent in Laayoune, Morocco
Courtesy of The Kingdom of Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates.

Laayoune, (Morocco), Feb. 27, GNA – The Third annual Morocco-Pacific Island States Forum is underway in the southern Moroccan city of Laayoune.

The three-day meeting on the theme, “Strengthening Linkages, Delivering on Commitments and Unifying Voices for Shared Prosperity Between Morocco and the Pacific Island States”, aims to explore ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between Morocco and its partner in the pacific islands.

According to the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from Pacific states and senior officials would discuss several regional challenges, including climate change, the promotion of renewable energies and the achievement of development goals.

The third annual forum also aims to promote south-south cooperation through efforts joint efforts between Morocco and Pacific Island countries within the framework of win-win economic cooperation.

The first forum took place in 2012, while the second was in 2015, the ministry added.
The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterates that the decision to make Laayoune the host destination for the third forum comes after the city witnessed a milestone in diplomatic achievement.

Several African countries opened general consulates in Laayoune and Dakhla, reflecting their principled and steadfast support for Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara conflict.

Dakhla and Laayoune have become regional hubs for landmark events, such as the forum between Morocco and the Pacific Island States and the annual Crans Montana event.