Jakarta : Morocco wants to officially join Asean

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Morocco has offered to join the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), a regional intergovernmental organization comprising Southeast Asian countries which promotes Pan-Asianism and intergovernmental cooperation, as a sectoral dialogue partner, reports Jakarta Globe.

«Morocco is making it a priority to collaborate with countries in Southeast Asia – we want to make a real positive impact in these countries,» secretary of state to the minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Mounia Boucetta, said during a visit to Jakarta.

The secretary of state met with her Indonesian counterpart, A.M. Fachir, to discuss bilateral relations and launch more interactions between Morocco and Indonesia’s private sectors.

«We still need to discuss this [partnership] with the other Asean member states and identify potential sectors that we can work together on, based on existing cooperations,» Fachir told media.

For the record, Morocco has official representations in five Asean countries. The Kingdom’s admission to the organization needs to be approved by 10 Asean member states.

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