His Excellency, Youssef Amrani, will be addressing SAIIA on “Morocco and South Africa: A renewed partnership for the Africa we want” in early September. Date to be confirmed. Please see an article by the Ambassador here.
Diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Kingdom of Morocco were formally established in 1991. President Nelson Mandela paid several official visits to the Kingdom of Morocco and paid tribute to Morocco and thanked the Kingdom for its “unfailing solidarity with the South African people”. He was received by His Majesty King Hassan II who decorated him, in 1992, with the highest Wissam Alaouite.
In 2004 Morocco recalled its Ambassador for consultations. 15 years later, South Africa and Morocco agreed to come out of the stalemate and work together for a promising future, especially since the two countries are important poles of political stability and economic development, respectively in the extreme North and the extreme South of the continent.
On August 20, 2018, His Majesty King Mohammed VI appointed Mr Youssef AMRANI, former deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and adviser in the Royal Cabinet, as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Pretoria. In 2020, South Africa designated Mr Ebrahim Edries, the new ambassador of South Africa to Morocco who was received for the presentation of the copies of his Letters of Credence by Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, on January 14 2021.
As of this very moment, Morocco and South Africa committed themselves to maintain direct contacts and to launch a fruitful economic and political partnership in order to build strong, lasting and stable relations. This webinar aims to discuss the opportunities and challenges of the renewal of this relationship.
Youssef Amrani was born in Tangier, Morocco and holds a Bachelor in Economics from Mohammed V University of Rabat and a degree in management from the Boston University School of Management. He joined the Foreign Ministry in 1978 and has had a long and distinguished career in public service. Since 2019, he has been the Ambassador of His Majesty the King of Morocco to South Africa with non-resident Accreditation to Eswatini, Botswana and Malawi.