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Western Mediterranean Forum Meeting Lauds Role Played by HM the King as Chairman of Al Quds Committee
21/01/2018

The 14th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Western Mediterranean Forum, commonly referred to as 5+5 Dialogue, held Sunday in Algiers, lauded the role played by Al Quds Committee, which is chaired by HM King Mohammed VI.

The final declaration released at the end of this meeting said that the ministers unanimously reaffirmed the need to preserve the identity and the multi-religious character of the holy city of Jerusalem.

In this regard, the ministers "deeply regret the decision of the American administration regarding Jerusalem".

The 14th meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Western Mediterranean Forum focused on several issues, including economic and social development, youth and employment, migration and sustainable development.

Regional issues, including those related to the fight against terrorism, de-radicalization, Libya, the Sahel, Syria, Iraq and the Middle East, were also discussed at the meeting.

Launched in 1990, the 5+5 Dialogue comprises Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia.

Morocco Reiterates Commitment to Open & Inclusive Western Mediterranean Forum

The Kingdom of Morocco reiterates its commitment to an open, frank, inclusive and operational Western Mediterranean Forum, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said Sunday in Algiers.

Speaking at the 14th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Western Mediterranean Forum, commonly referred to as 5+5 Dialogue, Bourita said that this forum, which is aimed at engaging in a calm dialogue and developing fruitful cooperation, is facing various challenges in the areas of security, environment, socio-economic issues, culture and identity, adding that the 5+5 Dialogue is expected to demonstrate its relevance, as long as it provides the "right framework" for "lucid dialogue, sincere commitment and concerted action".

In the area of youth and employment, the minister expressed confidence that the Western Mediterranean region can be the "catalyst for shared growth” and can help manage the issue of the youth in its economic, social, cultural and human dimensions.

In this regard, Bourita officially presented Morocco's proposal to host a 5 + 5 Ministerial Conference dedicated to the youth, noting that this conference is aimed at setting up a "Regional Agenda" for the youth with concrete and innovative projects.

Regarding inclusive and shared economic and social development, Bourita noted the "incredible contrast" between economic integration in the North and South of the Western Mediterranean region, noting that if Northern partners are characterized by a strong economic integration (more than 70%), in the South, on the other hand, the Maghreb countries form one of the least integrated regions of the world (less than 5%).

"The gap between the two shores is, therefore, real, but the gap within the south shore itself is disappointing," the minister pointed out, adding that this situation requires from us a stronger commitment, for an innovative, inclusive and sustainable approach to trade development, investment and employment.

Morocco is engaged in a dynamic process to optimize its development model under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, he said, noting that the Kingdom believes that the status quo and protectionism cannot help achieve economic development.

He also highlighted the humane policy advocated by HM the King in the management of migration, with the launch, since 2013, of two regularization campaigns of the situation of migrants in the Kingdom.

He highlighted in this regard the important role played by Morocco in this area at the African level, as HM the King is the Leader in charge of the migration issue within the African Union.

Morocco intends to present at the next AU Summit, at the end of this month, a vision for an African Agenda for Migration, which is the result a wide process of inter-African consultations led by Morocco in recent months, the minister said.

The Moroccan minister underlined the Kingdom’s fruitful cooperation with several countries of the Western Mediterranean Forum, including Spain and France, in the issue of migration.

Bourita said that Morocco will host in December 2018 the 1st International Conference on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.

Regarding the fight against terrorism, Bourita said that the policy adopted by HM the King to address security threats is based on an approach that includes the security dimension, economic growth, human development and the preservation of the cultural dimension.

Moreover, Morocco is establishing itself as a leader in the training of Imams, both in Europe and in Africa, he said, while highlighting the role played by the Kingdom in the promotion of tolerant Islam.