6 November 2012

Morocco: HM the King Says Maghreb States Must Overcome State of Inertia Impeding Arab Maghreb Union

Rabat  — It is imperative that the five Maghreb countries pledge to overcome the current state of inertia which puts the future of the Arab Maghreb Union at risk, and makes the Union the least developed regional integration bloc in Africa, HM the King said on Tuesday.

In a speech to the nation on the thirty-seventh anniversary of the glorious Green March, the Sovereign pointed out that the new Maghreb order he called for last year "has today, more than ever, become an urgent necessity. It needs to be given concrete substance to turn it into a reality so that we may build a common Maghreb."

In this respect, HM the King underscored the need "to work earnestly and in good faith to develop mechanisms that are conducive to solidarity and integration in order to fulfill the aspirations of our peoples, enable them to achieve their full potential and put their skills and qualifications to good use, ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital, promote growth, create wealth and guarantee our collective security."

On relations with Africa, the Sovereign said that Morocco will continue to strengthen its relations with African sister nations, bilaterally as well as at regional level, "notwithstanding the fact that some countries are still clinging to outdated positions based on inapplicable solutions, thereby disregarding the substantive developments witnessed in the question of the Moroccan Sahara - even adopting stances that are inconsistent with those developments."

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