Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade urged Monday increased economic ties with Morocco to help his country's economic development, during a dinner hosted by Moroccan King Mohammed VI in Marrakesh.
"Morocco, an emerging nation, has a role to play in Senegal's battle for economic development," said Wade, stressing the necessity to further develop trade between the two countries in a speech shown on official television.
"I know we can count on Morocco to boost economic and financial relations between our countries," the Senegalese leader said.
Exports from Morocco to Senegal reached 124 million dirhams (12.4 million dollars) in the first nine months of 1999, a 42.6 percent increase over the previous year for the period.
Moroccan imports from Senegal over the same period were worth only 4.2 million dirhams.
King Mohammed for his part called for a "more modern and moral" relationship between the African continent and the industrialized world - RABAT (AFP)
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