King Mohammed VI Reiterates His Resolve to Build Strong Maghreb Union

Rabat – King Mohammed VI on Wednesday reiterated His resolve to see a strong Maghreb Union built on the firm foundation of solid bilateral relations and integrated economic projects, noting that the situation is such that Maghreb citizens do not understand or accept such a state of affairs.“As regards the Maghreb, I should like to say, once again, that I keenly look forward to seeing a strong union built on the firm foundation of solid bilateral relations and integrated economic projects,” the Sovereign said in a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of His enthronement.“I personally believe that disputes are not inevitable and that they are quite normal in all communities,” the King said, citing as example the European Union. “There had been disagreements between EU members, but the breaking point is hardly ever reached.” “What is regrettable in the Maghreb, however, is that a dispute is allowed to continue for the purpose of disrupting the evolution of the Maghreb Union,” king Mohammed VI said.For the King, whatever the magnitude of the dispute, it should not, for instance, be used as a pretext for the continued closure of the borders. He said that “The situation is such that Maghreb citizens do not understand or accept such a state of affairs.”He also recalled that Morocco has been calling for more than six years now for a solution to this “odd situation,” underlining that the response to all of Morocco’s constructive initiatives has been a stubborn, systematic refusal which is not only inconsistent with the logic of history and legitimacy, but also out of step with our peoples’ natural entitlement to human interaction and economic exchange.

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