Rabat - King Mohammed VI highlighted Morocco’s contribution to efforts aimed at promoting peace and security in Africa.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI highlighted Morocco’s contribution to efforts aimed at promoting peace and security in Africa.
The King also lauded Morocco’s migration policy, which was launched in the spirit of solidarity and humanism.
Morocco’s ties with Africa have remained strong as far as security and peace are concerned, the King said in his speech at the 28th African Union Summit, being held now in Addis Ababa. “Do we need to point out that we have always been present when the stability of the Continent is at stake?” he said.
The King also spoke of Morocco’s role as a peace maker and peace keeper on the continent. He described 6 peace-keeping missions, deployed under the UN umbrella and involving thousands of troops in different locations in Africa.
King Mohammed VI also commented on Morocco’s history as a mediator in times of conflict, “Morocco has also conducted a number of mediations which helped achieve substantial progress towards peace, namely in Libya and the Mano River region.”
The King highlighted the Kingdom’s migration policy, which was launched in the spirit of solidarity and humanitarianism. Describing his vision of what South-south cooperation means, he said “My country shares what it has, without ostentation.” He stated that over 25,000 people were able to benefit from the first phase of his initiative.
The King expounded on the second phase involving immigration, launched just a few weeks prior to the summit. Eager to see people in need come out of hiding and reunite broken families, the Moroccan monarch called phase two necessary for the dignity of all people coming to Morocco.
Explaining the reasoning behind His initiative, he pointed out: “We are acting to stop these people from living on the fringes of society, with no work, no healthcare, nowhere to live and no access to education.”
The immigration policy has a practical side, the King said: “We are acting so that couples, particularly those from mixed marriages, between Moroccans and sub-Saharans, will not be parted.”
The King went on to describe these actions as constructive, citing an improved image for Morocco and an increased potency of existing bonds between Morocco and the African nations.