IN a Speech delivered on the occasion of the celebration of Morocco’s National Day, called the Throne Day, King Mohammed VI has called neighboring Algeria “to promote the fraternal relations built by our peoples through years of common struggle“.
He expressed dissatisfaction stating: “I am not satisfied with the current state of our relations, for it does not serve our peoples’ interests, nor is it acceptable to a great many countries.”
Thus, a major part of the Speech was dedicated to reviewing the current state of bilateral relations, especially the question of closed borders between the neighboring North African countries.
The speech comes in the context of media and diplomatic tensions currently characterizing relations between Morocco and Algeria.
Not only are they detrimental to the image of both countries, but also createsa negative impression, especially in international forums.
The Moroccan King pointed to the fact that an open border between two neighboring countries and “two brotherly peoples is the norm”, stressing that the closing of borders is incompatible with a natural right and an intrinsic legal principle.
He added that these principles are clearly enshrined in international covenants, including the founding text of the Arab Maghreb Union, the regional organization recognized by the African Union and regrouping the five countries of North Africa, namely Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
It is not the first time that the Moroccan Monarch extends such calls to improve bilateral relations, strained between the two countries, since 1994.
On this occasion, King Mohammed VI reiterated calls “to our brothers in Algeria for us to work together, without conditions, for the development of bilateral relations based on trust, dialogue and good neighborliness”.
The King also shared on this occasion his thought on the Covid situation in the country, calling the citizens to continue to be vigilant and comply with the restrictions issued by public authorities.
Nevertheless, he celebrated Morocco’s achievements in the “battle for vaccines” – which is far from being an easy one – as well as the successful roll-out of the national vaccination campaign and the citizens’ massive engagement in it.”
Morocco is one of the first African countries, beside South Africa, to effectively launch a pilot project for the local manufacturing, of vaccines, medicines and the necessary medical materials and aiming at achieving “medical autonomy” as a key element in the accomplishment of the country’s strategic security.
Another key aspect of the King’s Speech was the “New Development Model” that was presented after two years of public consultations and debates, with the participation of political parties, economic and social stakeholders, trade unions, civil society organizations and a number of citizens.
Within this New Model, the “National Pact for Development” will serve as a frame of reference that includes development principles and priorities as well as an economic and social contract that paves the way for a new revolution of the King and the people.
It is meant to be the roadmap for the building of a new social and economic framework for the development of the country in the upcoming years.