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Moroccan Diplomat: Managing Migration Requires Shared Responsibility and a Consensus-Based Policy Approach

Better managing migration requires a shared responsibility between Arab and European parties as wnd a consensual political approach that benefits societies and migrants, Morocco’s Ambassador to Egypt and Permanent Representative of the Kingdom to the Arab League, Ahmed Tazi, said Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion of the 9th meeting of Permanent Delegates to the Arab League and Ambassadors of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the European Union, Tazi called for an approach aimed at achieving a fair balance between realism and voluntarism, and between the legitimate interests of States and the respect of migrants’ human rights.

In that regard, he recalled that the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in December 2018 in Marrakech was an important achievement in international cooperation efforts on migration.

Morocco’s co-chairmanship of the Global Forum on Migration and Development with Germany, in 2017 and 2018, reflected a positive model of North-South cooperation on difficult issues, Tazi said.

On the challenge of terrorism, the Moroccan diplomat observed that weak political commitment and lack of scientific approach in training and exchange of experiences between the countries of the Sahel-Saharan region cost the region billions of dollars and cause the largest percentage of victims of terrorism among its citizens.

The development of the terrorist system targets some countries in the region and threatens them with separatism, warned Tazi, who called for a holistic approach, combining security, development, and training, to eradicate terrorism.

Uprooting terrorism begins with drying up of the tributaries that feed it, such as fragility, unemployment, educational deficits, and others, he said.

The diplomat noted that the Palestinian issue is among the issues of interest to the Arab and European parties, adding that both sides share deep concerns about the stalemate on the path to a political settlement of this issue.

The most effective way to resolve this issue is to seek innovative means of diplomatic and political action alongside the Palestinian-Israeli negotiations within the framework of the resolutions of international legitimacy, the diplomat suggested.

HM King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, has always affirmed Morocco’s commitment to a peaceful settlement of this issue within the framework of the two-state solution. HM the King regards the preservation of the legal status of Al-Quds and its historical identity as one of the most important elements of the desired settlement, the diplomat said.

On Libya, Tazi highlighted the various initiatives that have been taken to end the crisis that has been raging in this country for years, noting that the Skhirat Agreement signed in Morocco in 2015 remains a reference framework that can contribute to the settlement of this crisis.

The meeting of Permanent Delegates to the Arab League and Ambassadors of the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the European Union discussed, in three working sessions, several issues of common interest in the areas of politics and security.

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