U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
February 6, 2019
The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:
Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita. They affirmed the longstanding strategic partnership between the United States and Morocco and discussed opportunities to expand cooperation on regional issues. The Secretary acknowledged Morocco’s constructive participation in talks with the UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara and thanked Morocco for its resolute efforts to counter Iran’s malign influence in the region. The Secretary also thanked the Foreign Minister for his support of Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guiadó.
Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Bourita discussed the upcoming Ministerial to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East and noted that it would be an important step toward building a stronger security framework in the Middle East.