Today I announce the appointment of Mr Michael Cutts as Australia’s new Ambassador to Morocco.
Australia and Morocco share a long-standing relationship. The establishment of an Australian Embassy in Rabat in June 2017 has presented new opportunities to further our engagement and support our relations.
Australia acknowledges the efforts of Morocco in combating the spread of COVID-19, and appreciates the support provided to Australians to make their way home during the pandemic.
Australia values Morocco’s significant contribution to international efforts to fight global terrorism and violent extremism, and we work together as members of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.
We recognise Morocco is an important North African economy. We look forward to expanding our trade and investment links, including in food and agriculture, infrastructure, and sustainable development.
Mr Cutts is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and was most recently Director, Goods and Government Procurement Section in the Office of Trade Negotiations. He has previously served overseas at UNESCO, and in Paris and Madrid.
Mr Cutts holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Trade; a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Monash University; and a Graduate Diploma in Interpreting/Translation from Deakin University.
I thank previous Ambassador Berenice Owen-Jones for her contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Morocco since 2017.