By Hassan Alaoui
King Mohammed VI received in audience in Rabat on Wednesday November 23 the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres with whom he spoke at length on various and several subjects, including in particular the cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the world organization .
This exceptional audience is part of the personal participation of Antonio Guterres in the 9th session of the Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations organized in Fez by the UN and, on the other hand, in a virtuous tradition to strengthen the latter’s ties with Morocco.
If the meeting between King Mohammed VI and the Secretary General of the United Nations took place on the sidelines of the International Forum of Fez, it takes on a significant dimension. And certainly, it is like its extension – diachronic and synchronic, it will be said – of the fact that King Mohammed VI and Mr. Guterres participated each in their own way in the 9th session of the Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, in particular with far-reaching speeches.
Defenders of peace and stability, among other objectives, the two leaders certainly weave a privileged personal relationship, the UN Secretary General never failing to underline this and to pay tribute in this regard to King Mohammed VI. With Morocco, when he was in the entourage of Mario Soares, a great friend of Morocco, and then at the head of the UNHCR (High Commissioner for Refugees of the ON), Mr. Guterres constantly found near Morocco understanding and support, but also attentive listening.
The audience that King Mohammed VI granted Antonio Guterres is therefore no exception to such a tradition, which has itself become a base. It has become institutionalized over the years. We want further proof of this in the dazzling tribute he paid to the Sovereign by “expressing his gratitude for the success of the 9th Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations held in Fez on November 22 and 23 and welcoming the adoption of ‘a strong and engaging statement more than ever necessary in a troubled international context’, as underlined by a press release from the Royal Cabinet. It is appropriate to emphasize in this respect the strong convergence between the King of Morocco and the Secretary-General of the United Nations on all the points discussed during this meeting which, more than ever, takes on symbolic value and underlines in particular their desire to to move forward in the vision of what the Final Declaration of Fez affirms as a categorical imperative: that of strengthening the “values of dialogue, tolerance, mutual understanding at a time when confrontation, crises and conflictuality dominate the scene international”.
Implicitly, we take the measure of the tribute of Mr. Guterres to the Sovereign and his leadership in the “promotion of the values of tolerance and respect for different cultures, religions and civilizations”, we are also pleased that, on the all of the issues that concern the planet, the two leaders share the same conviction for a responsible and sincere global mobilization. Both are ardent defenders of freedoms, and therefore against extremism in all its forms: political, religious, racial, anti-Semitic, ethnic, economic and tutti quanti. The role played by Morocco in the fight against terrorism and separatism has never been a stylistic clause, but rather a renewed commitment, a conviction anchored in the body of King Mohammed VI.
Antonio Guterres’ tribute, as significant as it is admirable, to King Mohammed VI also invites us to highlight the role of the Sovereign in the migration issue, for which he presides over the mission of the African Observatory. , that of the Global Forum against Terrorism, that of major advances in the fight for the climate, the development of renewable energies and, in particular, the highly prized green energy. Morocco and the UN, two partners more than committed to the fight on large planetary fields? On the diplomatic level, the wisdom, the reason, the discernment which animate the vision of Morocco could not be more carriers that they are part of an ambition synonymous with slow and sure transformation: the presence of Morocco on the traditional fronts, theaters of conflict, areas described as destabilized. Libya, the Middle East, the Central African Republic, Mali, the Sahel in general are all examples in which Morocco, with its experience and even its historical presence, provides substantial support to the United Nations.
Mr. Antonio Guterres has no hesitation in acknowledging the efforts made by Morocco to promote the peace process here, there the rapprochements necessary for dialogue between the parties in conflict. Morocco’s role in conflicts in Africa, for stabilization, peace, security and economic development has never been so solemnly highlighted. This dimension, the highlight of the royal audience with the Secretary General by King Mohammed VI, is also part of a shared concern, particularly on the conflict in the Moroccan Sahara, in the light of the latest relevant resolution 2654 adopted at the end of October by the United Nations Security Council. Morocco continues to support the efforts of the UN and in particular the mission of Stafan de Mistura, Mr. Guterres’ personal envoy to the Sahara for the implementation of the Advanced Autonomy Settlement Plan.
Mr. Guterres, if he does not say so officially, supports this plan, the only one which has received the support of the UN and the international community, of no less than more than thirty African countries which have opened African consulates and almost all of the Arab States, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United States of course, Cyprus, the Visegrad countries (Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland) etc… An immense and fertile field, a “sum of countries” which make the weight in the yardstick of a geopolitical transformation synonymous with an irrepressible and slow mutation in favor of Morocco. The Plan also comes up against the refusal and bad faith of the Algerian government, now driven to reason by the latest Security Council Resolutions to which Morocco has always given its full support.
Antonio Guterres’ tribute to the vision of King Mohammed VI, made up of discernment, wisdom, desire for peace and dialogue, is matched only by his respect for the leadership he exercises both in the Arab world – especially for the Palestinian cause – and in the African continent, so close and familiar to him.