Morocco, EU resume talks on fisheries deal

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Rabat, June 2 (IANS/MAP) Morocco and the EU have resumed their negotiations on reaching a new fisheries agreement, the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

This is the second round of negotiations after the first one on April 20. The meeting made progress towards the finalization of negotiations to reach a balanced and mutually beneficial agreement likely to bring qualitative added value to the partnership between Morocco and the EU, the statement said on Friday.

The meeting was attended by several Moroccan ministers and a high level EU delegation, chaired by Joao Aguiar Matchado, Director General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries at the European Commission.

The current fisheries agreement between the two sides will expire in July. The first fisheries agreement concluded between the EU and Morocco dates back to 1995.

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