The Central American Parliament (Parlacen) granted Morocco the status of “advanced partner”, in recognition of the leading role played by the Kingdom in strengthening South-South cooperation.
This announcement was made on Monday in Guatemala City by the president of Parlacen, Daniel Ortega Reyes, during a meeting of the executive office of this regional legislative institution with a Moroccan delegation led by the president of the House of Councilors, Naama Mayara. .
Daniel Ortega Reyes welcomed, in this context, the “great support” that Morocco, hitherto an observer member, brings to the activities of this regional grouping, through the House of Councillors, stressing that all the components of the Parliament Central American are “perfectly aware” of the stature enjoyed by the Kingdom in its regional environment.
He, on this occasion, called for the holding of a parliamentary forum on migration between the two legislative institutions in order to take advantage of the Moroccan experience in the management of issues relating to migration and migrants.
The President of Parlacen stressed that the Moroccan policy on migration, which is in line with the High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, is a model all the more so as it is based on the principles and nomes United Nations relating to respect for human rights.
Speaking at this meeting, Mr. Mayara insisted on the strategic importance that Morocco attaches to South-South cooperation, highlighting the promising prospects of these relations, after the historic visit of HM King Mohammed VI to several countries in the region.
The president of the second chamber of the Moroccan parliament also reviewed the multiple and growing challenges inherent in the geopolitical changes born of the unprecedented health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
In this regard, he mentioned equitable access to vaccines as a prerequisite for recovery and economic recovery, calling for the use of the Africa-Latin America Parliamentary Forum to advocate for the causes of the two continents in the various international forums. .
Mr. Mayara expressed the readiness of the House of Councillors, which hosts the Secretariat of the Forum, to work for the success of the Summit of Presidents of Regional Parliamentary Unions in Africa and Latin America, adding that the Central American Parliament is an essential partner in this process.
At the same time, he expressed his “deep” gratitude and esteem to the components of Parlacen for their fraternal and noble positions vis-à-vis the just causes of Morocco, headed by the question of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom and its right to guarantee peace, security and freedom of civil and commercial movement on all of its borders.
For his part, Councilor Ahmed Lakhrif welcomed the achievements made in the framework of the cooperation relations between the two institutions, saying that he was determined, in his capacity as representative of the House of Councilors to the Parlacen, to continue to work for the establishment of a work agenda and a roadmap likely to raise the level of these relations.
In this regard, he highlighted the importance of the support provided by the President of the House of Councilors to these relations, as evidenced by the recent visit to the Central and Latin American region.
This meeting took place in the presence in particular of Mr. Tarik Louajri, Ambassador of Morocco to Guatemala and Mr. Zakaria El Hanini, Chief of Staff of the President of the House of Councillors.
Created in 1991, the Central American Parliament, which sits in Guatemala, is a regional forum that works for integration between the countries of the region. This body has six member states: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic, as well as many observer countries.