King Mohammed to build diplomacy based on the engagement of all Moroccan institutions
Morocco, Politics, 4/29/2000
King Mohammed VI has called for the consolidation of non-governmental diplomacy and for involving parliamentary, economic, cultural and media associations in the country's diplomacy and renewed the pledge to elaborate a new institutional frame...to build a strong diplomacy.
The king stressed the need to enhance the coordination capacity of traditional diplomacy, at the level of both the central administration and the diplomatic missions abroad, with the participation of all non-governmental actors in the diplomatic action, with a view to consolidating non-governmental diplomacy and to be "more present in the new space where our absence has for long been exploited by the opponents of our territorial integrity."
In a message to a colloquy held Friday in Rabat by the Moroccan diplomatic club on the occasion of the Moroccan diplomacy day, King Mohammed VI renewed Morocco's determination to build a strong diplomacy at the dawn of the new millennium and underlined the role of diplomacy in materializing the Moroccan people's glory, radiance and prosperity.
King Mohammed stated further in the message-- read out by royal advisor Mohamed Mouatassim-- that to fulfill the target, ambassadors must have, in addition to diplomatic skills, the ability to fulfill the country's aspirations and to open new prospects to his country's political, economic and cultural interests. The ambassador, he added, must convey Morocco's message and promote its image as a stronghold of "democracy, modernity, human dignity, moderation, and Islamic tolerance" and must tirelessly endeavor to "attract productive investments" and defend the interests of Moroccan expatriates.
Describing the diplomat's role as pivotal and the diplomat as a vital medium between foreign and internal policy makers, the king said the diplomat must endeavor to implement his country's foreign policy and fulfill its goals.
One of the strategic goals of Moroccan diplomacy lies in improving Morocco's adaptation to international changes in order to achieve a greater integration in the world economy, consolidate the country's structures, help it take up the challenges and reach a better Moroccan-Euro-Mediterranean partnership, the royal message stated.
Moroccan diplomacy must make the utmost of Morocco's new image in the international public opinion and actively prospect new areas of economic cooperation with the aim to establish genuine partnership, consolidate Morocco's position as a regional pole and a factor of stability and peace in its Maghreban, Arab, Islamic, Euro-Mediterranean, African and American environment.
Likewise, the king went on, Moroccan diplomacy must draw the best advantages from globalization, integrate in world economy while shielding the country's development against the negative impact of this integration and give a new momentum to the country's foreign relations, the sovereign said.
Diplomacy, he added, must seek to enlarge the kingdom's economic and commercial relations beyond the Euro-Mediterranean boundaries towards the Americas and Asia in order, he said, "to diversify our ties, reduce our dependency and enlarge the scope of our cooperation."
Morocco, which is bound to several regional communities by special ties based on affectivity, shared destiny and interests and cooperation, must remain faithful to the values and goals of unity, solidarity, cooperation and neighborliness with friends of the Arab Maghreb, Africa, and the Arab and Islamic world while showing solidarity with southern countries in their endeavors for sustained development and the settlement of the indebtedness problem. Morocco must also remain active in preserving peace, defending international legality and upholding humanitarian assistance.
The king pledged to carry on the internal reforms and to consolidate the foundations of democracy and human rights and to make of these principles the base of Morocco's diplomacy.
The supreme goal of Moroccan diplomacy is to consecrate the kingdom as a country having completed its territorial integrity, as a partner heeded by big powers and as an advocate of developing countries' interests in a changing world. Nonetheless, Morocco has vital interests that cannot suffer any concession, regardless of the price and sacrifices required, said the message, adding that the major challenge to be taken by Moroccan diplomacy is to conciliate between the defense of these interests, the preservation of peace, neighborliness, cooperation and the continuation of action to fulfill of regional integration while seeing to the promotion of human resources and the streamlining of the necessary mechanisms to this end.
The king urged Moroccan diplomacy to remain attached to moderation without renouncing its original principles and to the respect of international law and legality, and to resort to dialogue as the best way to settle conflicts.
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