The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, offered Friday, September 26, 2014, in New York, a lunch in the honour of his African counterparts, taking part in the 69th session of UN General Assembly.
The meeting, which took place, in the presence of the Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ms Mbarka Bouaida, and the Ambassador of Morocco to the UN, Mr. Omar Hilale, was dedicated to the exchange of views and consultation on many regional and international issues.
Speaking on the occasion, the Minister pointed out that countries’ patterns of development should not be subject to any rating, ranking or guardianship, while stressing that the Speech of His Majesty the King, addressed to the 69th session of UN General Assembly, advocates a new and innovative approach for human development, far from static models that some international parties are trying to impose on African countries. He said, in this regard, that His Majesty the King has called, in his speech, for the respect of "the specificities of each country, in its national itinerary, and of its will to build its own model of development ".
In the same respect, Mr. Mezouar said that Morocco has chosen to build its relations with Africa on the basis of a win-win strategic partnership, with respect to the specificities of each country and its right to development, away from any foreign interference. He further added that the Sovereign pleaded for equity in favour of developing countries, especially in Africa, and for an objective approach to the problems of development in the continent, since "sustainable development can not be imposed by decisions or ready made recipes, nor is there a single model, in this respect.»
The Minister also stressed that each country has its own characteristics and its own course, referring to the Royal Speech, which emphasized that "each country has its own course, according to its historical evolution, its civilizational heritage and its human and natural resources, in addition to its political peculiarities and economic choices and the pitfalls and the challenges, it has to face.»
The Minister said that the Royal Speech emphasized that Africa's problems stem, in particular, from its increasing economic dependence, in the absence of a model of sustainable development. He added that His Majesty The King, also stressed that "stability can not be achieved without development, and development can not be possible but within stability," noting that both are related to the respect of the countries’ sovereignty and territorial integrity, their cultures and customs, and the right of their peoples to lead a decent life.
Mr. Mezouar also reminded of the big prejudices done by colonialism to States that have experienced guardianship, specifying that His Majesty the King Mohammed VI said, "that after all these bad effects, Western countries have no right to require from Southern countries a radical and rapid change, according to a scheme that is different from their cultures, their principles and their own assets, as if development could not be achieved but on the basis of a unique model: the Western one. »
Mr. Mezouar further recalled the visits of His Majesty the King to Africa, which provided an opportunity to conclude mutually beneficial partnerships with African countries, taking into account their own needs and resources.
He called upon his counterparts to strengthen cooperation and solidarity to overcome the challenges facing the continent, such as poverty, exclusion, which encourage the rise of terrorism and extremism. In this context, the Minister reiterated that support to development and good governance of Southern countries, remains the only alternative, that would allow them to fight against the effects of extremism and cross-border crimes.