Rabat - The Moroccan diplomacy passed through tough tests in 2014, a year that saw the emergence of new orientation governing the Kingdom’s diplomatic action in tandem with the international developments, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Thursday in Rabat.
Rabat – The Moroccan diplomacy passed through tough tests in 2014, a year that saw the emergence of new orientation governing the Kingdom’s diplomatic action in tandem with the international developments, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said on Thursday in Rabat.
This new orientation was outlined in the Royal speeches and mirrored by the postures taken by the Kingdom in the face of the crises to which it was confronted said Mezouar who was addressing members of the Lower and Upper Houses commissions on foreign affairs, national defence, Islamic affairs, Moroccans Living abroad, borders and occupied territories.
Morocco’s diplomatic action is, therefore, based on four pillars: confrontation without passivity, moderation while taking into account principles and rights, flexibility without compromising on achieving objectives, the respect for international legality and the adoption of dialogue in conflict resolution.
In this respect, Mezouar recalled that Morocco has firmly dealt with the diplomatic crises that emerged in 2014 by safeguarding its immutable values, legitimate rights and supreme interests, notably with regards to the Western Sahara issue, noting in that Morocco obtained guarantees on the way the issue is tackled by the UN.
Concerning relations with Egypt, Mezouar noted that the visit by Egyptian Foreign Minister to Morocco on January 15-16 enabled the settlement of disagreements and opened new prospects for developing bilateral ties on the basis of a renewed strategic partnership.
As for relations with France, Mezouar explained that the crisis between the two countries was resolved given the realism and the strategic dimension characterising the Moroccan-French relations as well as the permanent contact between HM King Mohammed and President François Holland.
The Moroccan diplomacy in 2014 also sought to diversify and strengthen relations with other countries and regional groupings, such as the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
At the regional level, Mezouar mentioned the special attention given to Mauritania and Africa countries with whom the Kingdom is keen to reinforce ties through the preservation of the shared spiritual identity and the promotion of peace, security, sustainable development and economic cooperation.
MWN with MAP