“Beyond economic relations, which are developing well, and beyond the cultural relations, which are based on an important common historical patrimony, there is the strategic dimension in our relations which have to be exploited more actively,” Amado told the Moroccan daily Le Matin in an interview.
The Portuguese minister stressed that these relations can be improved further in all the different domains.
He added that Morocco and Portugal share the same views on many issues on the international agenda, which is “a good reason for reinforcing the political dialogue between us.”
He gave as an example the problems which Africa, the Maghreb and the Middle East are currently facing, urging the European Union to play a more active role and strengthen the strategic and political relation with theses regions.
“The 25 members of the EU have to look southward.”
The Portuguese official also expressed his fondness and admiration for Morocco, its culture, civilisation and people, pointing out that he has been regularly visiting the kingdom for 30 years now.
“I admire this country and the dignity of its people, which is deep-rooted in the ‘grandeur' of its history and civilisation,” he underscored.
Amado has started on Monday an official visit to Morocco, his first diplomatic visit since he took over two months ago. He is expected to meet his Moroccan counterpart Mohamed Benaissa, as well as a number of high–ranking officials.