The Speaker of the House of Advisors (upper house), Naama Mayara, stressed, Friday in Panama City, that Morocco is firmly convinced of the importance of regional blocs to face global challenges. In a speech delivered at the opening of the Annual General Assembly of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (Parlatino), Mayara said that the accession of the Moroccan Parliament to the regional bloc Parlatino “illustrates the firm conviction of Morocco of the importance of the pioneering role played today by regional blocs in a perpetually changing world.” He explained that Morocco’s commitment to strengthen its cooperation with this regional grouping stems from the firm conviction of the importance of supporting all solidarity initiatives and integration projects, especially in relation to South-South cooperation, in accordance with the Kingdom’s strategic choice under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI. The upper house speaker also stressed the need to combine efforts to transform the current crises into real opportunities, in the context of unprecedented challenges on the economic and social agenda of the Member States of Parlatino and the South in general. He said that Africa and Latin America have a huge economic potential that allows them to ensure a leading position in the new world order post COVID-19, adding that the vaccination systems and economic recovery paths confirm that “cooperation between our countries has a bright future, so as to mature the conditions for the establishment of a free trade area” between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. During the opening session of the Annual Meeting of the Parlatino, Mayara was awarded Latin America’s Gran Cruz Medal of merit. On the sidelines of this event, a Moroccan space was inaugurated at the headquarters of the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament, which His Majesty King Mohammed VI has kindly given His August name “King Mohammed VI Library”.
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