“Morocco strongly believes that the response to all our challenges is concerted action and shared responsibility.”
Rabat – Morocco’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Nasser Bourita, has renewed the country’s commitment to African causes. Bourita cited the “visible efforts” the North African has made in the past two years to promote “effective and coherent” intra-African initiatives.
Bourita, who was speaking at a panel on “The Interdependence between Peace, Security, and Development” during a side event of the ongoing UN General Assembly, mentioned the long list of conflicts still affecting many African countries.
From the convoluted crisis in Libya, the uncertain peace in the Central African Republic, and the worrying climate of terrorism in the Sahel, there emerges a view of the continent as a bleak and chaotic place, Bourita suggested.
However, he hastened to add, the recently signed peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, as well as the fragile but reassuring situation now prevailing the Central African Republic, are reasons to hope that the continent can find a way of solving its own problems.
For Bourita, despite the wide range of complex challenges still hitting the vast majority of African countries, “concerted actions and a spirit of collective burden of sharing” can help the continent prevail and stand as bastion peace, security, and economic prosperity in a globalized world where the independence of those factors has grown more acute.
“Insecurity is an essential impediment to economic and social development, and the lack of socio-economic development provides a fertile ground for instability and insecurity,” he said, pointing to the “fundamental interdependence” between economic prosperity and social challenges.
“But if the prevailing picture in Africa is not particularly all roses in the current moment, we nonetheless have reasons for hope,” the Moroccan minister pointed out.
Bourita cited a number of countries now recovering from the sequels of internal conflicts or civil wars. “These are some of the few recent steps that our continent has made in its march towards peace, stability, and economic development,” he noted.
Bourita particularly stressed Morocco’s role in various African causes and AU-led platforms to come for the continent to terms with the wide range of pan-African challenges.
“Morocco strongly believes that the response to all our challenges is concerted action and shared responsibility,” Bourita stressed. He added that Africa’s “emergence from its current challenges” calls for “frank mobilization” of African governments as well as “coherent and effective” continental policies.
“Persisting issues of peace and stability in the continent cannot be divorced from governance and policy making problems,” he declared. He concluded by emphatically noting that Morocco, under the “enlightened guidance” and “clear vision” of King Mohammed VI will remain strongly, steadily committed to the advancement of Africa.