His Magesty King Mohammed VI addressed, on Sunday in Dakar, a speech to the Moroccan people on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the Green March.
Here follows the full text of the speech:
"Praise be to God May peace and blessings be upon the Prophet, His Kith and Kin
Today I am addressing you, on the occasion of the 41st anniversary of
the Green March, from Dakar, the capital city of the sister nation
Senegal, and I know that this move will not surprise you.
As a matter of fact, Senegal was one of the countries that took part in
this national epic, together with other African and Arab nations.
This beloved country has always been at the forefront of advocates of the Kingdom's territorial unity and lofty interests.
Furthermore, on several occasions, it has shown through words and deeds
that it considers the cause of the Moroccan Sahara as one its own
Moroccans will not forget the courageous, solidarity-based stance taken
by this country when Morocco decided to withdraw from the Organization
of African Unity, back in 1984. The then President, Mr. Abdou Diouf,
deemed that it was impossible to imagine the Organization without
The same stance was adopted by many African states, such as Guinea, Gabon and former Zaire.
I have also chosen Senegal because of the special status it enjoys in
Africa, thanks to its historically democratic model, its political and
social stability, as well as its economic dynamism.
There are also fraternal bonds, based on solidarity and a shared
destiny, which have historically existed between the Moroccan and the
Senegalese peoples, who stand as one single people, with each one
forming a natural extension of the other, in a unique symbiosis between
two independent countries respecting each other’s particularities.
On the same day last year, I delivered a speech on Africa from Laayoune,
in the Moroccan Sahara, and today, I am talking to you from the heart
of Africa about the Moroccan Sahara.
By delivering my speech from this hospitable land I am expressing a keen interest in our continent.
Morocco’s African policy will not be limited to West and Central Africa.
I will see to it that it acquires a continental dimension and covers
the whole of Africa.
In this regard, I have visited Rwanda and Tanzania even though our
relations with East-African countries are limited - not out of neglect
or lack of effort, but for objective reasons, such as language,
geographic distance and cultural differences.
Together with the powerful leaders of these countries, with whom we
share the same willingness, we have decided to give fresh impetus to our
political and economic relations, given the political clout of this
region, its economic potential and its strategic assets.
At the end of this unprecedented tour, I would like to share with you, dear citizens, the results of these visits.
The first signs of such openness to this important African area emerged
with the visit to Morocco, last June, by my brother Mr. Paul Kagamé,
President of the Republic of Rwanda.
My visit to Rwanda has enabled us to consolidate this trend, as the
foundations for a promising partnership in all fields have been laid in
order to build the main pillar on which to develop our relations with
My trip to Tanzania was prompted by its status in the region, its
geographic location and its human potential. I was also keen to
coordinate with this country regarding regional and international
I have also been in touch with authorities in the Republic of Ethiopia, with whom we will open a new chapter in our relations.
It will also be the first stop in the second part of my African tour,
which will include a number of Sub-Saharan countries, in connection with
Morocco’s return to the continental organization.
Morocco’s return to the African Union is not a tactical decision, nor is
it motivated by passing considerations. It is a rational decision,
taken after careful thought.
When we announced our return, we were not asking for anyone’s permission to exercise our legitimate right.
In any case, Morocco is returning to its natural place and is supported
by an overwhelming majority to reclaim its seat within the African
Morocco, which does not meddle in other states’ home affairs and rejects
divisive policies, hopes all parties will respond to this decision in a
wise and responsible manner, to make sure African unity and African
peoples’ interests prevail.
This decision is the culmination of our African policy and the outcome
of Morocco’s solidarity-based field action in a number of African
countries, in terms of economic and human development aimed at serving
In addition to cooperation at the bilateral level and with regional
groupings, this return will enable our country to adhere to sectoral
development strategies in Africa and actively support and enrich them
thanks to the outstanding experience Morocco has gained in various
As far as the continent’s major issues and problems are concerned, the
return of my country to its institutional family will enable Morocco to
help make the voice of Africa heard in international forums.
It will also enable it to further strengthen its commitment to finding
objective solutions to these issues, bearing in mind African peoples’
interests and particularities.
In this regard, I am keen to further contribute to consolidating
security and stability in the various war zones and hotspots and to
finding peaceful solutions to conflicts.
Furthermore, this return will enable Morocco to become more involved in
the continent’s efforts to fight extremism and terrorism, which
compromise the future of Africa.
In this context, we are committed to sharing with our African brothers
our outstanding, internationally recognized experience in the fields of
security cooperation and fighting radicalism.
As far as migration is concerned, our country will continue to strive to
deal with the real causes of the phenomenon and link it to development,
within a human, solidarity-based approach which upholds migrants’
rights and preserves their dignity.
Aware that Africa is one of the regions most affected by climate change,
I have made sure that the Climate Conference which opens in Marrakech
this week, is a conference for Africa.
Accordingly, I have called for an African summit to be held on the
sidelines of this conference in order to develop a common vision to
uphold our continent’s demands, particularly in terms of funding and
transfer of technology.
Morocco’s return to its continental institutional family will not change our unwavering position regarding the Moroccan Sahara.
On the contrary, it will enable us to defend our legitimate rights and
correct the fallacies peddled by opponents of our territorial unity,
particularly within the African Union.
We will also foil their attempts to insert such fallacies into
resolutions which are contrary to the base set by the United Nations for
the settlement of this fabricated regional dispute and to the stances
adopted by most African states.
Our African policies have proved successful – thanks be to God – and are
starting to bear fruits, both at the level of political stances
regarding the issue of our territorial unity, and in terms of further
economic involvement and stronger relations with various African
Today, Morocco is regarded as an influential regional power and enjoys
the esteem and trust not only of the continent’s leaders, but of its
In this regard, I look forward to seeing the government adopt a
comprehensive, integrated policy towards Africa and deal with the
continent as one bloc.
I also expect ministers to grant as much importance to Africa as to their missions and trips to western countries.
Morocco needs a serious, responsible government. The future cabinet
should not be the result of calculations aimed at fulfilling political
parties’ wishes, based on electoral arithmetic, as if there were spoils
to be shared out.
A government should have a clear program and well-defined priorities,
both for home and foreign affairs, particularly as far as Africa is
concerned. The government should have the ability to deal with the
difficulties inherited from past years, with respect to Morocco’s
obligations towards its partners.
The government should involve an efficient, coherent structuring effort,
consonant with programs and priorities. It also requires qualified,
skilled resources, with specific sectoral attributions.
These are the criteria I will ensure are respected when the next
government is formed, in compliance with a strict methodology. I will
not tolerate any attempts to deviate from it.
Moroccans expect the coming government to be up to the challenge of this crucial phase.
I am sure that a stronger democratic, development process and a
consolidated African policy will contribute to safeguarding our national
and territorial unity.
Our southern provinces are strong thanks to their populations’
commitment to their Moroccan nationality and to the nation’s political
This has been mirrored in their massive participation in various
elections and their voluntary, responsible involvement in the management
of their local affairs.
These provinces are also ambitious, thanks to the specific development model and projects launched in the region.
Moreover, they have the potential, in terms of security, stability and
infrastructure, to become an integrated development hub, at both
regional and continental levels, as well as a platform for economic
cooperation between Morocco and Africa.
The development and stability of our southern provinces are a historic,
national responsibility we should all strive to fulfill, through
dedicated joint action.
On this occasion, I remember with deep respect the architect of the
Green March, my revered father His Late Majesty King Hassan II - may he
rest in peace – as well as all the nation’s glorious martyrs.
I would also like to pay tribute to all components of our Royal Armed
Forces for their devotion and constant mobilization, under my
commandership, to defend the nation’s unity and sovereignty and preserve
its security and stability.
Wassalamu alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh".