Morocco FM to visit France amid differences

RABAT – Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Monday that he would pay a visit to French capital Paris this week to discuss means of "removing obstacles" to cooperation between Morocco and France.

Mezouar said that he would meet with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius during his visit, the official Moroccan news agency said. Yet, he did not specify a date for the trip.

"This visit reflects again a strong will on the part of Morocco to overcome obstacles to comprehensive cooperation with France," Mezouar was quoted as saying.

The French Foreign Ministry, meanwhile, said Mezouar would pay a visit to Paris on Friday.

On Thursday, Fabius said on Twitter that he would visit Morocco soon. "Morocco is a friend of France and France is a friend of Morocco," the French minister said.

Tension was high between Morocco and France throughout 2014, during which Morocco recalled its ambassador in Paris and also suspended all judicial cooperation agreements with France.

The tension was fueled by remarks made by the French ambassador in Washington and deemed offensive by Morocco.

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