The New British Prime Minister and Morocco… Remarkable Seasons and Unlikely Changes

After a long electoral career and fierce competition with Rishi Sunak, Liz Trace, 47, was elected on Monday as head of the Conservative Party and the British government, succeeding the resigned Boris Johnson, after he was foreign minister in his previous position. government.

Since Truss took office as Prime Minister, the international media, especially from the European Union, have dedicated various press materials, some of which were dedicated to investigating the personal, academic and political career of the new inhabitant of “ Downing Street”, while others focused on their positions since they entered politics through the door of the Liberal Democrat Party at the University of Oxford, where he studied politics, philosophy and economics.

Liz Terrace, the daughter of parents with left-wing political orientations, was known for her “sensationalist” positions, to the point of being described as a “political chameleon”, including her demand in 1994 to abolish the monarchy two years before joining. the Conservative Party, as well as her opposition to leaving the European Union in a UK referendum in 2016.

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In December last year, while assuming responsibility for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the government of Boris Johnson, Terrace met in London with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, and during this meeting he congratulated, on behalf of the British Government, the reforms implemented by Morocco under the leadership of King Mohammed VI for a strong society and a more open and dynamic economy, he also praised the success of the vaccination campaign organized by the Kingdom in the context of the fight against the “Covid-19” pandemic.

On the question of the Moroccan Sahara, the British government announced, immediately after the aforementioned meeting (the third session of the Moroccan-British Strategic Dialogue), its support for the UN Security Council Resolution No. The “essential role” of the United Nations in the process of resolving this conflict and its support for the efforts of Staffan de Mistura, Personal Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations, to the Sahara.

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Khaled Chiat, professor of international relations at the Mohamed I University of Oujda, believes that Moroccan-British relations “will remain stable in the short, medium and long term”, ruling out any impact of the change of the prime minister of the ruling party in the course of these relations, given the absence of any change at the level of the structure of the ruling political party.

Chiat considered, in statements to Hespress, that “what links Morocco in general with a group of Western countries is not the ideological, partisan or political affiliations of prime ministers and governments, but the strategic interdependence that goes beyond economic interdependence “, referring to common issues that make Morocco a country of trust for these countries. In addition, the sectors in which cooperation is developed are sectors of a long-term stable nature, as is the case of renewable energies.

The international relations expert urged Morocco to strengthen its relations with Great Britain, “because it is an important country at the level of contemporary international relations and has permanent membership in the Security Council and the right of veto.” Therefore, Chiat adds at the end of his statement to Hespress: “It is in Morocco’s interest to maintain stability, strengthen and develop these relations at multiple strategic levels, and not only at this time.”