RABAT, Morocco is determined to further develop its partnership with member States of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), says Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta.

In a media statement issued at a ceremony organized at the Indonesian Embassy here Wednesday to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the founding of Asean, Boucetta said the event was an opportunity to highlight the good relations between Morocco and Asean member States and to affirm the Kingdom's desire to further develop its partnership with these countries.

Morocco is seeking to diversify and strengthen its partnerships, particulary with Asian countries, said Boucetta, who noted in this regard that the Kingdom had applied in 2016 to become a Sectoral Dialogue Partner (SDP) of Asean.

The Secretary of State also pointed out that Asean plays a strategic role in its region, just as the Kingdom holds a strategic position in Africa noting that this bilateral partnership is likely to develop relations between South East Asia and Africa within the framework of the action plan presented by Morocco and for which all the countries of this bloc have shown great interest.

Asean, which groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, has a combined population of more than 630 million people and a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of 2.4 trillion US dollars.

Source: NAM News Network