EU Court Ruling Legally Erroneous Politically Biased Moroccan FM

Rabat  – The European Court of Justice’s ruling on Morocco-EU agriculture agreement is “legally erroneous and politically biased”, said here Friday, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar.“It seriously jeopardizes cooperation between Morocco and the European Union. It must be corrected”, Mezouar told the press following his talks with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.“It is a highly strategic issue”, he stressed, adding that “it is not an ordinary judicial issue, but a fundamental element in the continuation of our partnership”. Mezouar deemed the talks with Mogherini, who is on visit to Morocco following the kingdom’s decision on Feb. 25 to suspend its contact with the EU, except for exchanges on the appeal related to the EU-Morocco Agriculture Agreement, as “frank, constructive and inclusive”.The Moroccan Minister noted that the EU High Representative reaffirmed to her Moroccan partner that the “European Council will take all the necessary measures at the European Court of Justice to annul the first instance decision on December 10, 2015”.“Morocco has taken note of EU guarantees that the agriculture agreement between the two sides will remain in place, and that the European Union will respect its international commitments with Morocco”.Mogherini stressed that Morocco-EU agreements “do not violate international law”. She also said that she is “aware of the strategic importance” of this issue for Morocco and EU, noting that the European Council “disagrees” with the court ruling.With MAP

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