The presidency has given an overview of President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to His Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
A statement on Monday said the two leaders welcomed the significant progress made in various areas of cooperation, such as agriculture, fertilizer production, energy infrastructure and mining.
It said King Mohammed and President Buhari noted with satisfaction the milestones achieved and underscored their commitment to the Regional Gas Pipeline, which will connect Nigeria’s gas resources, those of some West African countries and Morocco, thereby fostering integration and development of countries in the West African region.
The statement added: “The two Heads of State also noted progress made in other areas of the bilateral cooperation, as evidenced by the Agreement between OCP of Morocco and the Fertiliser Producers and Suppliers Association of Nigeria to invest in Fertiliser Production; and the Memorandum of Understanding between OCP and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on the establishment of a Basic Chemicals Platform, specifically to develop a significant Ammonia Production Plant.
“On the basis of their exemplary cooperation, the two Heads of State agreed to develop a partnership in the field of agriculture, particularly through the signing of Cooperation Agreement on vocational training and technical supervision.
“On regional and international issues of mutual interest and concern, His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency President Buhari confirmed their willingness to consult and coordinate the positions of the two countries in regional and international organizations, including the African Union.”
Buhari congratulated the monarch on Morocco’s election to the Peace and Security Council of the African Union.
He also congratulated the King on the successful completion of his mandate as African Leader on Migration Issues, which culminated in the presentation of the African Agenda for Migration and the creation of the African Observatory on Migration.
Likewise, King Mohammed VI hailed the Nigerian leader for his leadership in the regional initiative against terrorism in the Lake Chad region, his efforts in the fight against corruption and his role as the African Union anti-corruption champion.
The two Heads of State, in the spirit of the holy month of Ramadan, underscored their commitment to moderation, tolerance and peaceful coexistence, as taught by Islam.
They expressed deep concerns about violent extremism, terrorism and the persistence of security threats in Africa, and affirmed their resolve to strengthen cooperation in efforts to combat radicalization in Africa and beyond.
Meanwhile, three agreements were signed during the during the president’s visit.