The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, affirmed that “the Arab summit is a responsibility and not a privilege and must, therefore, bring added value and not to be at the service of any agenda”.
Speaking on Wednesday in Cairo at the 157th session of the Council of the League of Arab States at the level of foreign ministers, Nasser Bourita called for good preparation of the Arab Summit not only in terms of subjects, but also and above all according to well-defined specifications.
Through their adoption in the year 2000 of the appendix on the date, periodicity and regularity of the Arab Summits in the month of March each year, the Arab leaders have shown determination and firmness in organization of their agendas, as well as an unfailing willingness to give substance to their meetings and to discuss pressing issues for their countries in accordance with the aspirations of the Arab peoples, he said.
The Minister added, in this regard, that this spirit has been respected since that date, and this far from any adaptation to any particular consideration, noting that “our attachment to this achievement, which has strengthened the Charter of the League of Arab States and has become one of the prime contractors of our joint action, is matched only by our attachment to the collective will and to the consensus which characterizes the decisions of the Arab League”.
Nasser Bourita, on the other hand, said that this meeting is being held in the light of very delicate and sensitive developments, which have occurred at the regional and international levels, and the real challenges they pose to our health, food and energy security.
“The Arab region must, more than ever, keep pace with the renewed demands of Arab societies and the increasingly accelerated challenges facing our core Arab issues, led by the Palestinian issue which is at the center of our concerns and our priorities, far from any political escalation “, he argues.
Along the same lines, the minister affirmed that the Palestinian cause “represents, since independence, one of the constants of the foreign policy of the Kingdom of Morocco”noting that “King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, remains attached to this cause and to its defense”.
Nasser Bourita added that supporting this cause requires advocating different methods and approaches to make it more effective and compatible with the developments of our time, assuring that Morocco, from this point of view, will spare no effort to support this just cause, until the Palestinian people realize their aspirations to establish their independent state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with Al-Quds East as its capital, in accordance with the two-state solution and the international benchmarks in force.
Regarding Al-Quds Acharif, whose King has the honor of chairing its Standing Committee within the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Minister noted that everyone knows the importance and the symbolism of the Holy City and the urgency of preserving its legal and historical status and its religious, cultural and civilizational character as a space for the coexistence of the three monotheistic religions and a symbol of peace.
In another register, he regretted that the Arab contribution to the settlement of conflicts in the Arab region remained limited and in some cases dispersed, stressing that this situation “is not an inevitable fate that forces us to give up, but rather a factor that should motivate us for more coordination and effort in order to be able to control our destiny”.
The Minister thus recalled that a number of initiatives taken by Arab countries in this direction were very useful, citing the case of the role played by Morocco, under the guidance of King Mohammed VI, vis-à-vis the Libyan brothers. by providing them with the best conditions to motivate them to find appropriate solutions to build and develop their modern state.
He also reviewed the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said “forced us to completely review the models of our political, economic and social organization”adding that this situation has been further complicated in light of the deteriorating situation at the international level, with growing political, economic, social, security and environmental challenges.
Food and energy security, being at the heart of Arab national security, requires a collective reflection that takes into account all these factors that threaten the future and stability of the region, he said.