|[AFP/Ho/Moroccan Royal Palace] Morocco's King Mohammed VI |
prepares to deliver a speech marking the 15th anniversary of his
coronation on July 30th in Rabat.
King Mohammed VI urges Maghreb integration
By Siham Ali in Rabat for Magharebia – 01/08/2014
King Mohammed VI used his Throne Day speech Wednesday (July 30th) to give another push for Maghreb integration.
"With regard to the Maghreb, we reaffirm our determination to build a strong union based on solid bilateral relations and inclusive economic projects," the Moroccan monarch underlined on the 15th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
The king said he was certain that disagreement was not an insurmountable inevitability and was normal in all groups. He cited the example of the European Union, which he said has always experienced disagreements between its members without these differences leading to a break-up.
He added that whatever the scope of the disagreement, it could not justify the continuing closure of borders.
Maghreb citizens neither understand nor accept. [Berber families span artificial borders -AK] So much so that many of the people I spoke to during my journeys to certain brother nations were amazed at the reasons why the borders are still closed and called for the barriers between our nations to be removed," he said.
Jamal Farhani, a political analyst, said that the Maghreb Union was no longer a luxury or an optional extra but a duty for all countries in the region so that they can tackle challenges of all kinds.
The first of these, he said, was the socio-economic situation, which necessitates closer co-ordination between the Maghreb nations so that they can deliver the desired level of development for the population. The Maghreb must be built up into a strong regional economic hub so that growth can be increased and employment can be created, Farhani said.