— Published 15 May 2023

Portugal and Morocco speak with one voice

The joint bid of Spain, Portugal and Morocco for the 2030 World Cup is gathering momentum. Portuguese and Moroccan political leaders took advantage of a joint meeting last weekend in Lisbon to praise its advantages and merits. The Moroccan Prime Minister, Aziz Akhannouch, suggested: “This bid is a precedent in the history of football, uniting countries from two continents for the first time. It allows a cultural and humanistic rapprochement.” In a joint declaration, published at the end of the exchanges between the two nations, Portugal and Morocco insisted on the rapprochement between Europe and Africa: “This joint bid will be the junction between Africa and Europe, between the north and south of the Mediterranean and between the African, Arab and Euro-Mediterranean worlds“. As a reminder, the project was initially supported by Spain and Portugal, before the two countries were joined by Ukraine. But Morocco finally replaced Ukraine last March, on the sidelines of the last FIFA congress.