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Centrality of Africa in Morocco’s Foreign Policy Highlighted in Dublin


  22 Mai      20        Politics (18744),

   

Dublin, 22/05/2024 (MAP), Morocco’s ambassador to Ireland, Lahcen Mahraoui, stressed on Tuesday in Dublin the centrality of Africa in the Kingdom’s foreign policy, based on deep and solid bilateral relations with many countries on the continent.

Addressing the Irish Parliament’s Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense in his capacity as dean of the African diplomatic corps, the diplomat highlighted the principles of South-South cooperation and African solidarity that guide the Kingdom’s action under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

In his opening remarks at the Africa Day celebration, Mr. Mahraoui noted that since 1999, over 1,000 concrete agreements and projects have been signed across Africa under the Sovereign’s impetus to strengthen sustainable human and economic development and address the needs of Africans in terms of food security, energy access, services, and infrastructure.

« Morocco is today the leading investor in West Africa and the second largest investor on the continent, » he said.

Since its return to the African Union in 2017, the Kingdom has been working to consolidate sectoral cooperation and contribute to the Agenda for Peace and Development in Africa, the diplomat said, adding that the Kingdom advocates « an AU that carries the voice of a united, independent, and solidary Africa. »

Within the AU, Morocco actively participated in discussions concerning creating the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which came into force in 2019. The Kingdom has since formed a National Committee for implementing the AfCFTA to help create an environment for inter-African trade within this framework, he recalled.

According to the diplomat, Morocco’s commitment to peace, security, and stability in Africa is demonstrated at bilateral, continental, and United Nations levels, focusing on peace, conflict resolution, mediation, and the fight against terrorism and security threats, including in the Sahel.

In Africa, he stated, Morocco is renowned for its leading role in promoting intercultural exchanges, accepting diversity, promoting inter-religious dialogue, and the fight against radicalization, thanks in particular to the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulemas.

Africa Day, celebrated through a wide-ranging program of events in every county of Ireland, aims to promote the diversity of African cultures and Ireland’s growing links with the continent.

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