Morocco’s ambassador to the US highlighted the Abraham Accords as an example of “what we can achieve together for the greater good.”
Rabat – The Abraham Accords are a “shining example” of solidarity in the face of regional challenges, Morocco’s Ambassador to the US Lalla Joumala Alaoui said Wednesday in Washington at the fifth Sedona Forum.
Speaking at the event, which the McCain Institute hosted virtually, the ambassador called for greater regional solidarity “to overcome the current pandemic and put us back on track for growth and progress.”
In the face of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and of a pre-existing context of complex security and humanitarian challenges that plague the region as a whole, “it has become clear that the regional status quo does not serve the interests of peace or development of our countries,” she noted.
“There is today an urgent need for synergies and cooperation to address the multidimensional threats facing our region,” Alaoui added.
The Moroccan diplomat said she is “hopeful that the Morocco-US-Israel agreement can be a shining example of what we can achieve together for the greater good of the region and in the interest of peace.”
This development is based on “a solid foundation of constant exchanges at the social, cultural and human levels thanks to the large and dynamic Moroccan Jewish diaspora in Israel and around the world,” she said.
“The agreement signed between the United States, Morocco, and Israel last December intends to capitalize on this solid foundation and provide an additional dimension by including trilateral opportunities for strategic cooperation between our three countries,” she added.
Ambassador Alaoui said that the announcement of the Abraham Accords “came as no surprise or shock” to Moroccans. She recalled that Muslims and Jews have lived side-by-side for centuries in Morocco, which is home to a significant Jewish presence dating back 2,000 years.
“As the only Arab country to have a stable Jewish population, with a fully functioning Jewish judicial system and synagogues throughout the country, I would say there has been little adjustment needed,” the Moroccan diplomat continued.
As the McCain Institute’s signature event, the Sedona Forum provides a unique platform for the United States and world leaders to have informal, face-to-face discussions, focusing on actionable solutions to urgent challenges.
This year’s Sedona Forum conference focused on the world’s most pressing issues and opportunities that impact democracy in the US and across the world.
The annual gathering, named after the late US Senator John McCain, saw the participation of senior US and foreign officials from various backgrounds.
MWN with MAP