By Chaymaa Benallouch
By Chaymaa Benallouch
Rabat – Jack Lang, the President of the Paris Institut du Monde Arabe, French politician and former French Minister of Culture, was optimistic about relations between Morocco and France under Emmanuel Macron in a recent interview with the Maghreb Arabe Presse.
Lang said that French president Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Morocco was “an opportunity to celebrate the friendship between Morocco and France.”
Lang expressed his conviction that the trip would open “bright prospects full of promise and hope for bilateral relations.”
As President Macron paid a visit to Morocco on Wednesday and Thursday, Jack Lang praised the relationship between Morocco and France, calling it exceptional.
The former French Minister of Culture said he is pleased that President Macron’s first visit to the Maghreb region is reserved for Morocco, stressing that the visit is a “strong and moving symbol” of the quality of the links that have long been established between the two countries.
A statement from the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery said that Macron’s visit to Morocco one month after his election at the Élysée, “reflects the depth of the bilateral relations that are based on a strong partnership and in favor of the common will consolidate the multidimensional links between the two countries.”
Lang also recalled Morocco’s strong presence in France’s cultural scene, citing several exhibitions dedicated to the Kingdom. He stressed that bilateral economic cooperation is very strong in particular with Africa, highlighting the “remarkable” African policy of King Mohammed VI, since he toured Africa fifteen times and invested in its security, economy, and human development, which he said would contribute to safeguarding the national and territorial unity.
The French politician also expressed his positive impression of the large Moroccan community in France, recalling that several Moroccans in France have distinguished themselves in the fields of economy, culture, art and literature.
Following the Paris terrorist attack in 2015, Lang said that “we would live in peace if Morocco’s conception of Islam were applied everywhere,” he also added that Morocco is a “very friendly country” and a model of “Islam of enlightenment and peace.”