King Mohammed gets For Grenada 1999 prize
Morocco-Spain, Politics, 12/23/1999
King Mohammed VI was awarded in Grenada Wednesday the honorary "For Grenada 1999" prize by the Grenada radio-stations network "Ser." Official spokesman of the Royal Palace Hassan Aourid, who received the prize on behalf of the king at the "Al Hamra" palace, said it spelt support to democratic changes undertaken by the king since coming to power aiming for democracy under the rule of the law.
The prize is recognition by Grenada and Andalucia at large of the formidable undertakings of the king in the kingdom.
Aourid underscored the special care King Mohammed VI grants individual and collective freedom, recalling the royal message on the celebration of the universal human rights declaration in which he renewed adherence of the kingdom to the respect of human rights universally recognized as a key factor in development and prosperity.
Human rights is daily practice meant to integrate the needy, he said, pointing out to untiring action by the sovereign in favor of the rural world, women's promotion, struggle against poverty and unconditional support of the handicapped.
The prize, Aourid said, is also a tribute to the call by the sovereign for cross-civilisational dialogue underlining the fact that he chairs the Al Quds Committee, another city, which like Grenada, is a cultural crossroads, and voiced hope to see Al Quds evolve into a hub where all civilizations meet as the sovereign means it to be.
The ceremony is also homage paid to King Mohammed VI who is propelling the country into modern times and an event laden with expectations taking place in the holy month of Ramadan and the holiday season celebrating the anniversary of the Christian era a few days before the new millennium.
The event also helps enrich bilateral relations and strengthen friendly ties between King Mohammed VI and King Juan Carlos I of Spain, he went on to say recalling how the sovereign, who musters perfect knowledge of the Spanish language and culture and common legacy, had given his patronage as crown prince to the "Al Muatamid ibn Abbdad" university to highlight the works of the Sevillan poet who epitomized the junction of the two cultures.
The spokesman also said Morocco and Spain have the duty to preserve their legacy and hopes Spain being the gateway to Europe and Morocco the gateway to Africa and the Islamic world.
Justice minister Omar Azziman hailed the prize as a token of recognition of the Moroccan democratic process based on the respect of human rights, the advent of civil society and independent justice.
The city mayor, the "Ser" network director and the "Grenada Ser" radio editor-in-chief took the floor to say how the world was impressed by the firm stand of the sovereign in aiming for nothing less but outright democracy to steer the kingdom on to the 21st century.
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