Medvedev noted the great potential for cooperation between Russia and Morocco

© RIA Novosti / Dmitry to Attachability in photobacteria-Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Archival photoMedvedev noted the great potential for cooperation between Russia and Morocco© RIA Novosti / Dmitry attachability to the photobank

Russian-Moroccan cooperation has great potential to be used fully, the main thing — not to stop and to seek new and promising directions for expanding the partnership, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Medvedev on Tuesday in the Russian delegation held talks in Algeria with the local delegation on the development of economic ties between the two countries. On Wednesday his scheduled visit to Morocco.

«The main purpose of my visit is to strengthen trade and economic ties, the development of sectoral cooperation. Of course, we’ll talk about topical international and regional issues, we are interested in… of the Russian-Moroccan cooperation have great potential. And we must make every effort to use it to the full», — stated in the article, Medvedev published in the newspaper «al-Akhbar» on the eve of the visit.

Medvedev also noted that it is planned to sign new agreements on cooperation, in particular in the field of customs, agriculture, culture, industrial societies.

«Russia highly appreciates the independent and constructive position of Morocco on acute international problems. Especially those that relate to the situation in the middle East and the fight against terrorism. We support the efforts of the Moroccan leadership to combat extremism, to maintain and enhance harmony in society, be it socio-political or economic and cultural issues», — said Chairman of the Russian government.

Medvedev has reminded that the volume of trade grew by 27.2% by the end of 2016. He noted that Russia makes a significant contribution to Morocco’s energy and also supplies wheat, ferrous metals, fertilizers, sulphur and other products. A key area of cooperation remains of marine fisheries. Cooperation in the framework of innovative projects, work continues on the business communities, stimulating economic ties between the two countries.

Popular Moroccan resorts, which Russians do not need visa. So, in 2016 in Morocco was visited by more than 33 thousand Russians, which is four times more than in 2015.

Speaking about the partnership with the Kingdom, Medvedev noted that Morocco and Russia are separated by thousands of kilometers, but it’s hard to find someone who would not know about the existence of Morocco since his childhood. «First of all, thanks to the elegant diamond with the inscription Maroc. Several generations of Soviet and then Russian children will find him on oranges and mandarins. Those fruits that appear in stores in the cold Russian winter, and from that seem to be especially sweet… So it is not surprising that over time, the diamond became a symbol of the Russian-Moroccan friendship, a sign of positive perception and sympathy for your country», — said the Prime Minister.

«The main thing is not to stop, and to continuous search for new promising areas for enhanced cooperation», — noted he.

In conclusion, Medvedev cited the film «Casablanca», which is called the symbol associated with the residents of Russia with Morocco: «Every movie buff knows the final phrase of the outstanding film: «I Think that this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.» The friendship between Russia and Morocco began long ago, and there is every reason to believe that it will only grow stronger and develop for the benefit of the peoples of both countries», — concluded the Prime Minister.