Mauritania’s Foreign Minister, Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, has stated that the issue of heightened duties on certain Moroccan agricultural imports will be resolved through dialogue and consultation between the two nations. The statement was made during discussions with Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat.

The increased tariffs have impacted Moroccan exporters and transporters, along with Mauritanian consumers who have experienced a rise in the cost of Moroccan fruits and vegetables. Noukchott maintains that the new tariff rates were implemented to stimulate local agricultural production.

Merzoug emphasized the importance of consultation in finding a solution and relayed a verbal message from President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani to King Mohammed VI. The message is part of ongoing consultations between the two countries and their leaders.

Merzoug and Bourita also discussed recent developments on the Arab, African, Islamic, and international scene, noting the strong historical relationship between the two nations. Bourita commended the strong ties between Mauritania and Morocco, highlighting King Mohammed VI’s commitment to strengthening cooperation with Mauritania, Morocco’s primary commercial and economic partner.