The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, held talks, on Friday, Sept. 26th, 2014, in New York, on the sidelines of the 69th session of UN General Assembly, with the Central African Foreign Minister, Mr.Toussaint Kongo and with the UN Secretary-General special Envoy for the Sahel, Ms. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie.
During the meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Central African Republic, the two sides reviewed the efforts to restore stability in the Central African Republic and Morocco's role in this regard, namely through the actions undertaken by the Royal Armed Forces in Bangui, for the distribution of humanitarian aid, as well as the Royal Orientations for the restoration of peace and security in this brotherly country.
Mr. Mezouar pointed out that Morocco will continue to play its role to end the humanitarian suffering in the Central African Republic, expressing his hope that this brotherly country gets out of its current crisis, through the return back to normal of the public and private institutions, and the success of the national reconciliation.
For his part, the Central African Minister expressed his country’s thanks and gratitude to His Majesty the King and the Moroccan people, for the Kingdom’s efforts undertaken for the restoration of peace in his country, and the establishment of priority social and health projects in favour of the Central African population.
Mr. Toussaint Kongo also stressed the role played by the civil society organizations and associations for the normal resumption of institutions and the distribution of aid to the affected populations, emphasizing the gradual return of the country to the situation that existed before the Civil war. He added, moreover, that war criminals will be prosecuted in court, and that the disarming of militias requires time as well as important means.
The Central African Minister stressed that the challenge now is the recovery of the economy, the establishment of an emergency plan and the success of the national reconciliation, calling upon Morocco to help his country succeed in this transitional phase, and reiterating, at the same time, his country’s thanks to His Majesty the King for giving his High Instructions to build a multidisciplinary University hospital, in Bangui.
For his part, Mr. Mezouar said that Morocco will spare no effort to provide the necessary support to the Central African Republic to achieve this transition, noting, in this regard, the High Royal Directives to provide all the support and all the needed humanitarian aid to the Central African people.
On the other hand, the Central African Foreign Minister reiterated his country's support to the Moroccanness of the Sahara, affirming that the Central African Republic has always taken a very clear position of principle on this matter, adding that his country will continue to defend Morocco’s viewpoint, which is a fair point of view, in the international Institutions and forums.
Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar also held talks, on Friday with the UN Secretary-General Special Envoy for the Sahel, Ms. Hiroute Guebre Sellassie. This meeting was an opportunity to reaffirm Morocco’s support and its efforts to promote peace and stability in this region, Mezouar said to the press after the meeting, on the sidelines of the 69th session of UN General Assembly.
Morocco was an active player in the definition and the implementation of the Strategy and the Platform for the Sahel, said Mr. Mezouar, highlighting the Kingdom’s specific initiatives for the benefit of this region.
He also recalled, in this regard, the recent visits of His Majesty The King Mohammed VI to many African countries, underlining the efforts to enhance food security, youth education and training, which represent Morocco’s fields of commitment in favour of the Sahel, stressed the Minister.