Morocco, South Africa Called Upon to Work Together to Meet African Challenges

Rédigé le 27/07/2020

Johannesburg - Morocco and South Africa are called upon to work together to meet Africa's challenges, Morocco's ambassador to South Africa, Youssef Amrani, said.

Amrani, who was the guest on Sunday of the "politiki" program of the South African TV channel "Galaxy TV", expressed Morocco's determination to build relations of cooperation and solidarity with South Africa, stressing that the two countries are called upon to work together to create a prosperous, stable and bold Continent.

Recalling, in this regard, the visit of former South African president Nelson Mandela to Morocco in the early 1960s, the ambassador stressed that the two countries shared the same legitimate ambitions of freedom and justice to emancipate themselves from colonialism and apartheid.

Morocco has always stood side by side with African liberation movements, sparing no political or diplomatic effort to support sister countries and peoples, he said.

Amrani also recalled the gesture of solidarity of HM King Mohammed VI towards several African countries in the fight against Covid-19. It is not only a commitment but a heartfelt conviction that the future is built together far from any division and in the absence of any selfishness, he said.

With regard to the challenges facing the continent, such as terrorism, migration or climate change, the ambassador called for concerted strategies and joint actions.

"African interconnections, dialogue and regional integration should be strengthened. We are interdependent in threats, so we must be complementary, homogeneous and interdependent in our actions," he said, stressing that integration, stability and prosperity should be at the heart of the priorities of African countries.

The diplomat, on the other hand, highlighted the issue of Morocco's territorial integrity, stressing that the UN Security Council has defined the approach to be taken to resolve this regional dispute.

This approach makes it possible to reach a political, realistic, pragmatic and lasting solution based on compromise and regards the autonomy initiative proposed by Morocco as a serious and credible plan to put an end to this issue.

Morocco pledges to work in good faith with the United Nations and the international community to move this process forward under the exclusive aegis of the Security Council, he pointed out.

Responding to a question on the Libyan conflict, Amrani said that the process of dialogue must be "protected from foreign interference to give it the best chance of success".

Libya's future will be shaped only with the Libyans and by the Libyans," he said, emphasizing the need to preserve the country's territorial integrity and independence. He noted, in this vein, that "the only real agreement to date that could lead to this prospect is the Skhirat agreement".