6 February 2013

Morocco: HM The King Urges Islamic Ummah to Make Concrete, Bold Contributions to Ensure Prosperity for All Peoples

Cairo — HM King Mohammed VI urged the Islamic Ummah, in a speech on Wednesday to participants in the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held in Cairo, to "make a bold, concrete contribution that provides answers to current questions and concerns, and that helps ensure progress and prosperity for all peoples, guided by the values of coexistence, equality and concord".

Stressing that the ideals of tolerance and coexistence and the right to differ are being grossly violated, HM the King underlined in the speech read out by head of the government, Abdelilah Benkirane, that "we are witnessing some of the worst manifestations of extremism and exclusion as well as the distortion of values and frames of reference."

"Our world is now wide open to all forms of violence and to the proliferation of hotbeds of tension and terrorist activities," His Majesty stressed.

The Sovereign added that, given the Ummah's civilizational mission, "the Islamic countries are today called upon to make a bold, concrete contribution that provides answers to current questions and concerns."

HM the King said that the Muslim Ummah cannot make such a contribution unless it gives concrete substance to the ideals underpinning its sacred guiding values, strengthens social bonds, promotes its cultural achievements as well as the genius of its people, and fosters tolerant attitudes towards all faiths and cultures.

"It is therefore important for such a contribution to serve as a model that can stand up to the test of positive interaction and constructive dialogue with the world around us, its regional groups, economic blocs, faiths and cultures," the monarch said.

Expressing Morocco's pledge to wholeheartedly commit to such a model contribution, HM the King said that this model "will not succeed without our collective involvement to give it tangible meaning. To do so, we have to build on our vast, diverse and complementary natural and human resources, rely on our own capacities and stop justifying our crises by pinning the blame on external reasons or factors."

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