Morocco was voted onto the council during the 32 Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the pan-African organization.
Rabat – Morocco will chair the Peace and Security Council of the African Union for the month of September.
This is the first time for Morocco to take the presidency of the body since its return to the African Union in 2017.
Morocco was voted onto the AU Peace and Security Council for a two-year term in 20018.
The body’s role is to contribute to the promotion of peace and stability on the continent.
Permanent representative of Morocco at the AU and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Mohammed Arrouchi told Maghreb Arab Press that the “Moroccan presidency of the Peace and Security Council of the AU will be an opportunity to realize the Royal Vision of the African joint action on peace and security as an essential condition for a sustainable development for the continent.”
The diplomat also recalled the challenges hindering the development of the continent, including climate change, migration, epidemics, violent extremism, and cybersecurity.”
He added that such threats are among the many themes that Morocco take as a priority to tackle.
“The Moroccan presidency of the Peace and Security Council of the AU attaches paramount importance to the interdepartmental coordination within the pan-African institution to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the African joint action on peace and security,” he said.
Arrouchi also recalled King Mohammed VI’s speech after Morocco’s official return to the AU at the 28th AU Summit held in Addis Ababa in January, 2017.
The King promised that Morocco will contribute to the peace and development of the continent in multiple ways.
“You will see: as soon as the Kingdom becomes a member and is able to contribute to the agenda of activities, its action will, on the contrary, help bring about unity and progress,” the monarch said in his speech.