The provisions of this agreement, signed by the U.S. Ambassador to Rabat, David Fischer, and the Director of Protocol of the State Department Anas Khales, stipulate that each party grants consular officials of the other party and their families the privileges and immunities provided for in Articles 29 to 36 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. According to an official statement from the U.S. State Department, the agreement will strengthen the ability of consular staff to protect the interests of citizens and promote national interests. Nasser, thank you. Minister, it is great to see you again today. We are sorry we were not able to do so personally. It`s great to be here with Ambassadors Fischer and Khales. Thank you for receiving me during my visit to Morocco last December.
Looks like a long time ago. You have welcomed me with immense warmth and generosity, and I appreciate that. Before I talk about the wonderful agreement we are going to sign today, I would like to say how much our relationship has developed under the Trump administration. We strengthened our strategic partnership with the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement, strengthened security cooperation and strengthened joint efforts to promote religious tolerance and freedom. The signing of this agreement is part of the long-standing tradition of ties between Morocco and the United States, characterized by a common vision of peace, tolerance and coexistence and the fight against all forms of extremism and terrorism. This agreement will allow us to better support the important work of our respective consular officials serving our citizens abroad, and it will also accompany our expanded cooperation in this area. Just as we agree to lay the first stones for this – which will become international diplomatic law, we now agree on modernization. The construction of the new U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca will continue the U.S. regional presence in Morocco. These developments could not be as long as we celebrate this year – next year, the 200th anniversary of the U.S.
Embassy in Tangier, the first and oldest diplomatic property of the United States in the world and a permanent testimony of our former friendship. The agreement, signed by U.S. Ambassador to Rabat David Fischer and Anas Khales, Ambassador of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, aims to ensure the effective functioning of diplomatic representations on both sides.