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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Russia moves to strengthen energy ties with Morocco

Discussing further cooperation in the field of nuclear energy or renewable energies, says prime minister Dmitri Medvedev

The Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, is in Rabat, Morocco, on a two day official visit. Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP
The Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev, left, is in Rabat, Morocco, on a two day official visit. Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP

Russia and Morocco hope to cooperate more closely in the energy sector, the Russian prime minister Dmitri Medvedev said on Wednesday during a visit to Rabat.

He spoke of a "very promising project to supply liquefied natural gas to meet the needs of the Moroccan economy".

"The potential for cooperation is huge," he said.

During his visit the two countries signed deals in the energy, agriculture and hi-tech sectors.

"We are discussing further cooperation in the field of nuclear energy or renewable energies," Mr Medvedev said after talks with his Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani.

Mr Medvedev said the two had also discussed transfer of military and security technology.

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Russia's energy minister, Alexander Novak, visited Morocco in late September and said an LNG re-gasification terminal was being built while the two countries held talks on gas deliveries by the Russian groups Gazprom and Novatek, local media reported.

Morocco has few oil and gas reserves of its own and is planning to open an LNG terminal at Jorf Lasfar on the North African country's Atlantic coast in 2019, according to the energy ministry.

Mr Medvedev was set to dine Wednesday with Morocco's King Mohamed VI, who visited Russia in March 2016 in a bid to forge deeper ties with Moscow.

The Russian prime minister also visited Algeria this week, where he was received by the ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.