Under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, Morocco has made African integration and South-South cooperation the cornerstone of its foreign policy, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Nasser Bourita.
In a speech on the occasion of the celebration of Africa Day, which this year coincides with the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the African continent, Bourita explained that “our conception of the future of Africa lies at the heart of the Vision of King Mohammed VI, recalled at the 29th Summit of Heads of State of the African Union”, noting that “since time immemorial, it is through its African depth that Morocco breathes, shines and lives its multiple identity, at the same time multicultural, multiconfessional and transregional”.
HM the King, continued the minister, “cherished these relations more than anyone”, adding that the Sovereign has sublimated them, by instilling, in the continuity of the work of His Glorious Ancestors, a new dynamic with the brotherly African countries. , a dynamic that establishes the Kingdom as a committed, mobilized and determined partner to meet the challenges of peace, security and development, everywhere in Africa.
The Kingdom also brings all its energy, mobilizes all its efforts and shares its know-how, in the service of structuring projects, Bourita said, citing, in this regard, the Africa / Atlantic gas pipeline project, linking Nigeria and Morocco through the countries of West Africa, as well as the accessible and adapted fertilizer supply system set up by the Kingdom to meet the needs of African farmers, and which carries the promise of better yields and greater food security.
Mr. Nasser Bourita chaired, today at the headquarters of the Ministry, the celebration ceremony of Africa Day which is being held within the framework of the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the African continent.#AfricaDay pic.twitter.com/pJO2MjxIwF
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“Supporting each other, unlocking the enormous potential of our Continent, and thus accelerating the sustainable growth and inclusive development of African economies: this is how we conceive the continuum between independence and development”, a- he noted.
“In a global context disrupted by crises – political, economic, health and ecological – our African continent can no longer afford to be a mirror that reflects the image of its challenges to the world. It must reflect the promise it makes to the world,” Bourita stressed.
And to add that Morocco has, indeed, worked to move the lines within the Continent, in a practical approach, far from the logic of “diplomatic coups” and demagogic one-upmanship.
This ceremony, held in the presence of members of the government, the High Commissioner for former resistance fighters and former members of the liberation army, Mustapha El Ktiri, as well as numerous ambassadors from foreign countries accredited to the Kingdom, was marked by the projection of a documentary film retracing, with supporting testimony, Morocco’s support for the independence movements in Africa. The participants in this event were able to attend the inauguration of the exhibition “Brothers in arms, from the fight for African independence to the oath of co-development” which includes, among other things, several shots by photographer Mohamed Maradji.