H.E. Zehra Zümrüt SELÇUK met with H.E. Mohammed Ali LAZREQ , Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Ankara
Date: 10 August 2023
Venue: Ankara - Türkiye

H.E. Zehra Zümrüt SELÇUK met with H.E. Mohammed Ali LAZREQ, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to Türkiye. The visit took place at the Moroccan Embassy and served as an opportunity to strengthen ties and discuss potential areas of collaboration between the two institutions.

During the meeting, H. E. SELÇUK expressed her appreciation for the warm hospitality extended to her during this visit. She provided a brief overview of SESRIC’s work in its mandate areas, featuring several research reports, capacity building programmes, and statistical activities, particularly the ones that concern Morocco.

SESRIC organized a total of 125 capacity-building activities for the benefit of the public institutions of the Kingdom of Morocco, whereas Morocco on the provider side, supported the Centre by assigning experts to conduct 21 capacity building activities. She also underscored SESRIC's focus on research, data-driven analysis, and practical work experience for the benefit of Moroccan officials and highlighted the SESRIC Emerging Talents Capacity Building Programme (SETCAB) for students. Morocco, as an OIC Member Country, is incorporated into all technical reports on social and economic matters prepared by SESRIC. In this context, H.E. SELÇUK reiterated the importance of sustained cooperation to enhance the skills and capacities and focus on various socio-economic topics between the two institutions.

Both parties further discussed Morocco's involvement in the OIC and its leadership role in promoting Islamic values, cooperation, and solidarity among Muslim-majority countries. They referred to Morocco's hosting of the Islamic Centre for the Development of Trade (ICDT), a subsidiary organ of the OIC, which aims to enhance economic development and trade among member states. They also acknowledged Morocco's contributions within international organizations, including the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the OIC.

In conclusion, she expressed SESRIC's willingness to contribute to Morocco's initiatives and its gratitude for supporting each other's stances on regional and international issues. The meeting ended on a positive note, with both representatives reaffirming their commitment to strengthening ties between both institutions for the benefit and prosperity of the OIC and exploring opportunities for joint initiatives and projects.