The Bureau of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (PA-UfM) announced officially, during its meeting Tuesday, that the House of Representatives of the Kingdom of Morocco will assume the rotating presidency of this body from the next General Assembly, to be held on 3 and 4 December in Brussels, thus succeeding the European Parliament. Speaking on this occasion, speaker of the House of Representatives, Rachid Talbi Alami, stressed the importance of the PA-UfM as a space for dialogue and consultation between the two shores of the Mediterranean in the service of peace, stability and democracy in the region, said a statement by the House of Representatives. Talbi Alami, who participated in this meeting via video conference, reviewed the common challenges of the Mediterranean countries, including security threats in the Sahel region, the situation in Libya, Syria and Palestine, problems related to migration, security and stability in the region, climate and environmental change, the problem of water and energy, as well as demographic challenges and other issues on the agenda. For the speaker of the House of Representatives, the challenges faced by some countries of the South, including desertification, climate change, security and stability, as well as the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, must be addressed collectively by formulating proactive strategies at economic, cultural and security levels. Talbi Alami added that Morocco, a model and a pillar of security and stability in the Mediterranean, is keen to strengthen cooperation with its friends, neighbors and partners to address the challenges facing the region, calling for laying the foundations for a fruitful dialogue between the countries of the North and South of the Mediterranean based on mutual respect. He also expressed the willingness of the House of Representatives to work to strengthen the ties of friendship and cooperation with the parliaments of the Mediterranean basin, for the prosperity of the people of the region.
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