Morocco Has Turned Humanitarian Action into Fundamental Pillar of Foreign Policy – Ambassador

Morocco, under the visionary leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, has turned humanitarian action into a fundamental and structuring pillar of its foreign policy, Mohamed Arrouchi, the Kingdom’s Ambassador Permanent Representative to the AU and UNECA, reiterated on Wednesday in Malabo in Equatorial Guinea. Arrouchi, who leads the Moroccan delegation to the Executive Council of the African Union, preparatory to the Extraordinary Summits on humanitarian issues, the fight against terrorism and anti-constitutional changes of government in Africa, scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Malabo, stressed that the Kingdom adopts with a deep conviction an active humanitarian diplomacy and solidarity with the brotherly African countries. This humanitarian diplomacy, in its regional and international dimensions, reflects the Kingdom’s commitment to the principles of humanity, respect for international humanitarian law and international law as a whole. It is also reflected in the important role played by Morocco in the development and implementation of the two global pacts, respectively, on migration and refugees, noted the Moroccan diplomat. The Kingdom’s humanitarian action has constantly placed at the top of its concerns the assistance and support to the world’s populations. It is illustrated in particular by the deployment of 17 field hospitals, in the four corners of the world, 12 of which concerned the African continent, noted Arrouchi. Morocco’s humanitarian commitment is part of a logic of sustainable development and active contribution to peace and security on the continent, and is illustrated by various contributions of humanitarian assistance from the Royal Armed Forces, the government, the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity and civil society, noted the Moroccan diplomat. This commitment has been amplified in the period of COVID-19, to be translated into concrete solidarity actions in this case donations and delivery via airlifts of large batches of preventive products and protective equipment of the pandemic as well as medicines in favor of several African countries including the staff of the African Union Commission, he added. On the other hand, Morocco’s humanitarian action also concerns migrants, asylum seekers and refugees on its soil and is reflected at the national level by the implementation of its immigration and asylum policy based on a coherent, comprehensive and responsible approach aimed at ensuring better management of migration flows and better integration of migrants and refugees in Moroccan society, said Arrouchi.