A workshop entitled “The Realities and the Future of Moroccan-Turkish Relations” was held in cooperation by the Institute of Strategic Thinking (SDE), Faculty of Law, University of Cadi Ayyad Marrakesh and The Group of Research and International Studies of Crisis on 8th November, 2013 in Morocco with support of Center for Strategic Research (SAM), Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities, the Public Diplomacy Coordinator’s Office (KDK).
The Turkish delegation was represented by Mehmet Köse, Vice President of Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities, Dr. Ahmet Uysal, Coordinator of SDE Middle Eastern Studies, Mustafa Acar, President of Aksaray University, Birol Akgün, SDE International Relations Coordinator, Hatem Ete, Director of Policy Studies, Foundation For Political, Economic and Social Research in the workshop hosted by Dr. Driss Lagrini, Director of Research Group and International Studies on Crisis, Dr. Lhoucine Abouchi, Head of Public Law Department, Dr. Mohammed Oudebji, Research Group and International Studies on Crisis Management, Muhammed El- Ahmedi, Expert on Economic Relations, Dr. Hassan Zardani, Proffesor of Law in University of Cadi Ayyad Marrakesh, and several academicians, journalists.
Within the framework of the workshop, political, economic, cultural and academic dimensions of Turkish-Moroccan relations, sharing Turkish democracy experiences with Morocco and the reformist course of Morocco after wave of protests in the beginning of Arap Uprising were discussed. In addition to these, need to strengthen relations on the basis of academic exchanges and possible supports of Turkey in the field of development were the topics discussed during the workshop. Besides the topics above, participants stated that Turkey can benefit from Moracco’s strategic location as a gateway to Africa and Latin America.