Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita has expressed his satisfaction over the outcome of the 30th Summit of the African Union (AU), which drew to a close on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Only a year after its historic return to its African institutional family, Morocco has managed to participate in several meetings and activities by the pan-African bloc.
Bourita told the press at the end of the summit that Morocco has several reasons to be satisfied, highlighting the presentation of King Mohammed VI’s report on the issue of migration and the country’s appointment to the AU’s Peace and Security Council.
Migration is a major issue across the continent. Bourita described migration as a “fundamental question for Africa” and “a crucial issue for the relation[ship] between the continent and its partners.”
King Mohammed VI unveiled a draft of the African Agenda on Migration on Monday, emphasizing that migration is a natural phenomenon and that “[migration] is part of the solution, not of the problem.”
The monarch also called on the AU members to “adopt a positive stance on the issue of migration by highlighting the humanistic rationale of shared responsibility and solidarity.”
Speaking about the King’s report, Bourita said that the document was detailed in according to a pragmatic and realistic approach. “An approach that dispels misunderstandings, rectifies stereotypes and presents the realities of migration in the African continent.”
Bourita also cited Morocco’s election to AU’s Peace and Security Council as another notable event, adding that Morocco managed able to get 70 percent of votes by AU member countries, “despite attempts by opponents of the Kingdom to counter this candidacy.”
Concluding his press conference, Bourita added that “Morocco will make a constructive contribution to the work carried out by this AU central body.”