Washington - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, highlighted Thursday in Washington the "leading" role played by King Mohammed VI as well as the successful Moroccan experience in advancing religious freedom. "Morocco, which is at the crossroads of civilizations, cultures and religions, has managed to preserve its own - and yet so plural - religious identity defended by its centuries-old history and by a forward-looking Royal Vision," said the official.
“Morocco, which is at the crossroads of civilizations, cultures and religions, has managed to preserve its own – and yet so plural – religious identity defended by its centuries-old history and by a forward-looking Royal Vision,” said the official.
Bourita made his remarks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, a major event hosted by the US State Department on July 24-26.
“Faithful to the legacy of His glorious ancestors, HM the King, in his capacity as Commander of the Faithful, has successfully managed to make the Moroccan religious model a real lever and a force of persuasion,” he added.
According to the minister, King Mohammed VI is “the guarantor of the freedom of worship in the Kingdom.”
Bourita underscored that “the particularity of the Moroccan model is also the result of an exemplary social cohesion”.
Morocco’s constitution establishes the country’s Hebrew heritage “as one of the components of Morocco’s national identity,” Bourita said, recalling that late King Mohammed V rejected the racist laws of the Vichy government, loudly proclaiming the duty to protect Moroccan citizens of Jewish faith.
Late King Hassan II has also played an overwhelming role in promoting peace and interreligious dialogue, particularly in the Middle East region, the minister added.
The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington focused on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change.
The Ministerial convened a broad range of stakeholders, including foreign ministers, international organization representatives, religious leaders, and civil society representatives, to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all.