Washington, July 24, 2011Moroccan Foreign Minister Taib Fassi Fihri told American TV channel CNN, on Sunday, that Morocco has always prepared for the constitutional reform, adopted on July 1st following a referendum."Morocco has been committed to the logic of reforms since the last fifteen years," said Fassi Fihri, who was a guest on Global Public Square programme.
“Morocco has been committed to the logic of reforms since the last fifteen years,” said Fassi Fihri, who was a guest on Global Public Square programme.
The new constitution, he added, defines the status of the Sovereign as Amir Al Mouminine (Commander of the Faithful), head of state, its supreme representative, symbol of the Nation’s unity, and Supreme Commander and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR).
The Minister said that the head of the government enjoys several prerogatives under the new constitution. He will “manage and define the country’s orientations relating to economic and social issues,” as part of an “open competition to all political parties,” he added.
Regarding the religious field, Fassi Fihri said that the Kingdom “has always been driven by the willingness to promote a moderate Islam,” while endeavoring so as “religion does not interfere with political affairs.”
He also stressed the “strategic” nature of the invitation addressed to Morocco to join the Gulf Cooperation Council, a step that will establish a “strong partnership” with the countries of this regional grouping.
The Minister said that Moroccan Jews are an “integral part” of the Moroccan society. In fact, the new constitution highlighted the plural identity of Morocco, he added.
As for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Fassi Fihri recalled that Morocco has always played a role of “mediator and facilitator” of peace negotiations to reach a solution to this issue.