A Monegasque delegation* led by Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadeï, Minister of External Relations and Cooperation, went to Mauritania to co-chair with the Minister of Affairs Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Mauritanians Abroad M. Mohamed Salem Ould Merzoug, the first meeting of the Bilateral Cooperation Commission between the two States.

Tes Official Visit was also an opportunity to inspect projects supported by the Monegasque Cooperation in Mauritania. The historic partnership in the field of civil protection/security was also highlighted.

During the first session of the Bilateral Cooperation Commission, which was held in Nouakchott on February 26, the two countries displayed their shared desire to continue and to deepen their discussions on development strategies and common orientations of cooperation, in the wake of the Framework Cooperation Agreement signed in 2016.

Health, food safety, education, access to decent work, civil security and the environment are priority areas of cooperation. A memorandum of understanding was signed to renew support for the National Institute of Hepato-Virology in Nouakchott, in its mission to take care of people with viral hepatitis.

Mrs Isabelle Berro-Amadeï said that “the initial cooperation, in the field of civil protection, […] continued and strengthened. A sectoral framework agreement signed in 2016 established this sector as a privileged axis of cooperation between [the] two States. The presence in the Monegasque delegation of Colonel Tony Varo, Senior Commander of the Surété Publique to Monaco, testifies to the importance and dynamism of this cooperation.

The Minister was received by the Mauritanian Prime Minister, Mr. Mohamed Ould Bilal Messoud, by the Minister of the Environment as well as by the Minister of National Defense. Accompanied by Colonel Tony Varo, Mrs Isabelle Berro-Amadeï was able to visit barracks whose construction was supported by the Prince’s Government as part of its development program for civil protection, initiated in 1996 and managed by the Directorate of International Cooperation with the technical competition of the Monaco Fire Brigade.

The Monegasque delegation visited numerous partners and beneficiaries in Nouakchott and in the south-east of the country, in Boghé and Kaédi.

*The Monegasque delegation was composed of: Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadeï , Minister of External Relations and Cooperation (Head of Delegation), Mr Aly Gueladio Kamara, Consul of Monaco in Mauritania, Ms. Emilie Silvestre, Program Coordinator at the Directorate of International Cooperation (DCI), Mr Bastien Nicaise, Program Manager at the DCI and M. Hawa Diop, Country Coordinator of the DCI in Mauritania. Colonel Tony Varo, Senior Commander of Monaco’s Police Force, accompanied the delegation during its stay in Nouakchott.

ORIGINAL SOURCE & PHOTO: Monaco Government Press Service