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International community hails Morocco for stabilizing political situation in Libya

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Morocco rising diplomatic stature has again received acclamation following a major breakthrough in electoral process at stabilizing the political situation in Libya.

Recently, Morocco hosted in Bouznika a meeting of concerned factions in the Libya political conflict.

It was conducted with the ‘6+6 Commission – an organisation of six members each from the Libya’s rival factions.

The meeting set the path for a new  set of regulations for Libya’s upcoming executive and legislative elections, in line with UN recommendations.

Owing to the success of the meeting, regional and international organizations as well as the diplomatic corps of several countries have hailed Morocco for being able to bring together the rival Libyan factions.

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At the United Nations, the Secretary-General’s spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, expressed the UN’s thanks to Morocco for its facilitation efforts to reach compromises on the electoral laws between the Libyan parties meeting in Bouznika.

“We thank Morocco for facilitating the efforts” of the members of the “6+6” Joint Commission, tasked by the Libyan House of Representatives and Council of State with preparing the electoral laws, stressed the spokesman, at his daily press briefing in New York.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) also thanked Morocco for hosting the “6+6” Libyan Joint Commission meeting in Bouznika (from May 22 to June 6), which reached a compromise on the laws governing the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of the year.

In a statement, the Mission expressed its appreciation of the efforts made by the 6+6 Commission, while thanking Morocco for hosting it.

In a similar vein, the African Union (AU) congratulated Morocco. “I congratulate the Kingdom of Morocco on its facilitation”, tweeted AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat.

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The Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Ahmed Abou El Gheit, also praised Morocco’s efforts, hoping they would “encourage the Libyan parties, following the compromises announced, to overcome the obstacles hindering the final signing of the agreement in the coming days”.

Similarly, the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) lauded the role played by the Kingdom in achieving these compromises.

The same satisfaction was expressed by the General Secretariat of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), which praised Morocco’s efforts on behalf of the Libyan brothers, as well as the approach adopted by the Kingdom to provide them with the appropriate space for dialogue and consultation “far from any foreign pressure”.

The Ministerial Council of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) welcomed the compromise reached by the “6+6” Joint Commission at its meetings in Morocco on the laws governing the election of the Head of State and members of Parliament, calling it a “positive and constructive” step towards the holding of presidential and parliamentary elections in the country.

Several diplomatic representations accredited to Morocco also praised Morocco’s commitment. In tweets, the British and Irish embassies welcomed the Kingdom’s hosting of the “6+6” Joint Commission. They also commended the role played by Moroccan diplomacy in reaching a compromise on this issue.

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For its part, the Croatian embassy welcomed Morocco’s efforts to ensure the success of the “6+6” Joint Commission dialogue and reach a compromise, with a view to a political settlement to the Libyan crisis, underlining “the Kingdom’s strong and positive commitment to a peaceful political transition in Libya, through the electoral process”.

Switzerland and the Netherlands also hailed Morocco’s “very positive” commitment to the peaceful political transition in Libya, in tweets posted by the two countries’ embassies in Rabat.

Saudi Arabia lauded “the efforts of the brotherly Kingdom of Morocco to make the dialogue succeed and reach a compromise, with a view to achieving a political settlement in Libya”. The statement was issued by the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Iraq highly commended the role played by Morocco in bringing about successful dialogue and compromise on the electoral law in Libya, while offering political parties the opportunity to play a major role in the electoral process.

The Mauritanian government, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hailed the “great efforts made by the Kingdom to reconcile the views of the various Libyan parties in order to reach this important agreement, which paves the way for the establishment of the necessary conditions for the completion of the Libyan electoral process in the best possible conditions and in a consensual and participatory manner”.

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In a statement issued by its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt also praised the efforts of the “6+6” Joint Commission, hailing the Kingdom’s hosting of the commission’s proceedings.

In a similar statement, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs commended “the efforts of the brotherly Kingdom of Morocco to make the dialogue a success and reach important compromises aimed at achieving a political settlement in Libya”.

Kuwait also praised the efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco after hosting the “6+6” Joint Commission meeting in Bouznika.

Jordan welcomed the role played by the Kingdom of Morocco in the success of the dialogue and compromise between the Libyan parties regarding the organization of presidential and parliamentary elections.

The Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the agreement reached in the Moroccan city of Bouznika by the members of the “6+6” Joint Commission tasked by the Libyan House of Representatives and High Council of State on the laws governing presidential and parliamentary elections in Libya.

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The same was true for Yemen, whose Ministry of Foreign Affairs welcomed the compromises reached by the “6+6” Joint Commission at the end of two weeks of meetings in Morocco, concerning the laws governing the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of the year.

The Kingdom of Bahrain also commended Morocco’s diplomatic efforts to reach a major consensus among the members of the “6+6” Joint Commission, tasked by the Libyan House of Representatives and Council of State with drafting laws governing the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of the current year, after around two weeks of meetings in Bouznika.

On Sunday, the State of Qatar, through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, expressed its gratitude to Morocco for its support for dialogue and consultation between the Libyan parties, and for the Kingdom’s efforts in hosting the talks.

In addition, several international media highlighted the importance of Morocco’s role in the Libyan dialogue. These included the Italian media, which described this step as “crucial” in the process of resolving the Libyan crisis, and the Argentine news agency Aternative Press Agency, which, in an analysis by Argentine political scientist Adalberto Agozina, praised the Kingdom’s tireless efforts.

On Tuesday night, the “6+6” Joint Commission announced that after two weeks of meetings in Morocco, its members had reached a compromise on the laws governing the presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for the end of the year.

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The Bouznika meeting is a continuation of the series of meetings hosted by the Kingdom, bringing together the various Libyan parties with a view to deepening dialogue on ways and means of resolving the crisis in the country, following an approach that provides the right platform for constructive dialogue and consultation.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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King Mohammed VI Invites Tinubu To Morocco –

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Morocco’s monarch, King Mohammed VI has invited Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu to Morocco after having a telephone conversation with the Nigerian leader. According to a statement  during a phone exchange that took place today.

A statement from the royal palace said that the two leaders discussed the development of bilateral relations between Morocco and Nigeria over the past few years.

The discussion also covered the African-Atlantic Gas Pipeline, which is a structuring project between Nigeria and Morocco that will be a strategic lever for regional integration and socio-economic development for all West African countries.

Initiated in 2016 first by King Mohammed VI and former president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, the pipeline aims to promote regional integration and reinforce Africa’s energy security. Morocco is set to host over 1600 kilometers of the project, which is 5,600 kilometers long in total.

King Mohammed VI has frequently emphasized the importance of the project, reiterating Morocco’s commitment to the pipeline project with Nigeria.In November 2023, during a speech the King gave commemorating the Green March, he stressed the potential benefits that the pipeline could bring not only to Africa but also to Europe.

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“The Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline  strategic project is part of that endeavor,” he said, referring to the purpose of the project; to promote regional integration and boost economic growth.
The pipeline is set to connect over 11 countries in the region to benefit from Nigerian gas sources.
Many countries have endorsed the project, including Senegal.

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US reaffirms support for Morocco’s Autonomy Plan on Western Sahara

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The US State Department has affirmed the country’s support for Morocco on the Western Sahara issue.

In a statement of support issued on Sunday, the Americans remarked: “There is no change in the clear and consistent U.S. position regarding the Moroccan Sahara issue.”

 

The statement is published on the eve of the visit to Morocco of U.S. Assistant Secretary for North Africa Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Joshua Harris, the State Department stressed that during his talks in Rabat, the U.S. official will reiterate that “there is no change in the clear and consistent U.S. position.”

This new reaffirmation of the consistency of Washington’s position provides a scathing denial of the fallacious allegations conveyed by some Algerian media outlets which have insinuated, following the recent visit to Algiers made by the U.S. official, an alleged change in the U.S. position on the Sahara issue.

“The United States fully supports UN Personal Envoy de Mistura in facilitating the negotiations process to achieve a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable solution for the Sahara,” the statement points out.

After recalling that the United States “believes a negotiated political solution should be realized without further delay,” the same source underlines that “the outcome of UN-led negotiations – mutually agreed to by the parties and reflecting their commitment to UN efforts in a spirit of realism and compromise – would constitute the final resolution to this issue.”

“In this regard, the United States continues to view Morocco’s Autonomy Proposal as serious, credible, and realistic,” it says.

The visit to Rabat of Deputy Assistant Secretary Joshua Harris will also focus on the means to further strengthen the U.S.-Morocco partnership in addition to a range of regional security priorities, the statement stress

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Morocco, UAE strengthen ties

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King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates

Morocco’s monarch, King Mohammed VI and United Arab Emirate’s President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday engaged in high-level talks aimed at bolstering bilateral cooperation on Monday.

They issued a press release in which both countries highlighted the mutual appreciation and deep-rooted affection.

King Mohammed VI commended President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for successfully overseeing the 28th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) held in Dubai.

The meeting showcased the two countries’ shared commitment to boost ties, with emphasis on a multidimensional partnership across many spheres.

King Mohammed VI underscored Morocco’s strides in infrastructure and structural reforms, outlining a vision of economic and social development through strategic investments.

On his part, President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan hailed Morocco’s potential as an investment hub, acknowledging the nation’s diverse assets and conducive business climate. The leaders affirmed their intent to cultivate innovative partnerships, exploring collaborative ventures that would benefit both nations economically and socially.

They also expressed keen interest in implementing joint action plans based on signed agreements, aiming to pioneer common partnerships in regional and international markets.

King Mohammed VI extended gratitude to President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the UAE’s unwavering support on national issues and Morocco’s development.

The talks concluded with an optimistic outlook, fostering a renewed sense of cooperation and shared aspirations for the future.

Following the talks, the two leaders signed a joint declaration, committing to boosting bilateral ties and cooperation in a wide range of sectors.

The declaration is titled “Towards an Innovative, Renewed, and Deep-rooted Partnership,” and aims to strengthen ties between the two countries through win-win economic ties.

The declaration’s text indicates that King Mohammed VI’s visit to the UAE came at the invitation of Al Nahyan.

“During their bilateral talks… the two Heads of State reiterated their firm and resolute commitment to elevate the relations between the two countries and their mutual cooperation towards broader horizons, through active economic partnerships serving their shared supreme interests, generating progress and prosperity for the two brotherly peoples,” the declaration reads.

The declaration expresses the two countries’ desire to work towards elevating bilateral ties in economic, commercial, investment, and industrial aspects to the “level of deep political” ties to serve the development goals of both countries.

The two countries also aspire to establish a model of comprehensive and balanced economic and investment cooperation open to the private sector, attracting benefits for both.

 

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