30 July 2014

Morocco: HM King Mohammed VI Reiterates Morocco's Commitment to Joint Development of Resources, Greater Economic Cooperation With Africa

Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI on Wednesday reiterated Morocco's commitment to implementing a comprehensive, coherent policy towards African sister nations, based on the joint development of resources, more effective human development and greater economic cooperation.

This commitment is illustrated by the visits the Sovereign has paid to several African sister countries, as well as by both the number and the nature of the agreements signed, which lay the groundwork for a distinct, efficient South-South partnership that "I would like to see rooted in solidarity", the Sovereign said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of His enthronement.

HM the King also reiterated Morocco's commitment to multipartite and triangular cooperation mechanisms in order to forge balanced, mutually beneficial partnerships with countries of the North.

"I believe Africa is capable of revival", the Sovereign underlined, adding that "such an objective, however, will be attained only if Africa's sons and daughters rely on their own capabilities".

"I wish, in this regard, to repeat what I said in Abidjan: Africa should learn to have faith in Africa", the Monarch said.

Morocco's orientation towards Africa does not mean it will do so at the expense of the kingdom's relations with its international partners, HM the King said, pointing out that on the contrary this policy will open up broader prospects for partnership between the North and the South.

The Sovereign also called for collective action to deal with terrorist groups, particularly in the Sahel and Sahara region.

"Considering the growing security threats - particularly in the Sahel and Sahara region - I once again call for collective action to deal with terrorist groups, which find allies in separatist movements, human trafficking gangs and arms and drug dealers because of their converging interests", HM the King said, adding that these groups "represent the most serious threat to regional and international security".

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