The statement echoes France’s acknowledgement of Morocco’s efforts to help resolve crisis in Libya.
Rabat – Bahrain’s Foreign Affairs Minister Khalid Ben Ahmed al-Khalifah expressed his country’s respect for Morocco’s peacekeeping efforts.
The minister met with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, in Rabat, a statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.
“Bahrain highly appreciates the historical role of Morocco in preserving peace, and stability in Africa,” the statement said.
The country’s “highly appreciated role” has spared states “from terrorism and lawlessness,” the Bahraini FM said after his meeting with Bourita.
The minister also spoke about the country’s “historical” role in helping to resolve the Libyan crisis.
“The Skhirat agreement must remain the basis for solving the crisis in Libya,” he said.
Morocco expressed surprise after it was excluded from the Berlin Conference on Libya on January 19.
The foreign affairs ministry condemned Morocco’s exclusion, emphasizing that the country had played an important role.
“The Kingdom of Morocco understands neither the criteria nor the motivations behind the choice of countries participating in this meeting,” the ministry said.
Morocco’s government convened Libyan parties in December 2017 in Skhirat, a coastal city near Rabat, where they signed a peace agreement.
The deal served as the only basis for negotiations to find a political solution to the conflict.
Despite its exclusion from the Berlin conference, several states spoke out in praise of Moroccos and its commitment to help resolve the Libyan conflict.
On January 18, French President Emmanuel Macron talked to King Mohammed VI in a telephone call about the situation in Libya.
During the phone call, France recognized the efforts Morocco has mobilized over many years to resolve the crisis in Libya.
King Mohammed VI also met with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Minister of Defense of the UAE Mohammed Bin Zayed this week in his residence in Morocco.
MBZ arrived in Morocco from Berlin, where he had participated in the conference on Libya along with Egypt, Russia, Germany, and France, among others.
Morocco is among the countries that support the principle of non-interference in the domestic affairs of other states. The country recently condemned foreign military intervention, emphasizing that such moves only make situation worse.
The condemnatory statement came after Turkey’s decision to send troops in Libya.
“Foreign interventions have only complicated the situation in Libya, removed the potential for a political solution in the country, create internal differences and threatened peace and security in the entire Maghreb,” Bourita said in a statement on January 7.