Nasser Bourita: The Beating Heart of Moroccan Diplomacy

Nasser Bourita is one of the most important and active ministers in the government of Saadeddine El Othmani. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation by HM King Mohammed VI on April 5, 2017. He has managed to achieve several diplomatic feats in favor of the Kingdom, particularly regarding the cause of Moroccan Sahara, which was recently recognized by the United States, in exchange for resuming relations with Israel.

He is a man who works in the shadows in the government of El Othmani, since he does not like to appear on the media and prefers to work away from the lights. However, he only appears when receiving a high-level delegation or when representing the country in an international event. Relatives and former colleagues say he is intelligent, hard-working, careful and knows all the details of his cases. His expertise in this field began when he was a former Minister Delegate of Foreign Affairs for 6 years. Thus, he is called “the beating heart of Moroccan diplomacy” or “dynamo”. 

Bourita was born on May 27, 1969 in Taounate in northern Morocco. He was trained in the field of law, having studied at the Faculty of Legal, Economic and Social Sciences in Rabat, where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in General Law and International Relations in 1991. He then obtained a Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Relations in 1993 from the same faculty, in addition to a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Public International Law in 1995.

Nasser Bourita rose through the diplomatic ranks before becoming Minister of Foreign Affairs. Indeed, he served in the Moroccan Embassies in Vienna and Brussels, he was Head of the Main Organs Service of the United Nations, then Head of the United Nations Division and then Director of the United Nations and International Organizations. He was also Head of the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, then Ambassador, Director General of Multilateral Relations and Global Cooperation.

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