Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar has criticized Algeria’s hostile attitude regarding organizing the Crans Montana Forum in Dakhla in Morocco’s Southern Provinces, saying it’s an “unfortunate and pathetic stance.”
Morocco’s top diplomat told Morocco World News on the sidelines of the Crans Montana Forum that Algeria’s attempts to mobilize the African Union and the entire international community against holding the Forum in Dakhla should be considered “pathetic arrogance.”
“I think that this doesn’t honor Algeria, and the poor Algerian people who are powerless against what their leaders are doing,” Mezouar added.
Mezouar explained that at the event, Morocco wants to demonstrate its development model of Southern Provinces, showing that it is a “reality” and a “practice.”
“In addition, holding this event in Dakhla proves the openness of the Southern Provinces in the regional and international environment. Also, holding the event in Dakhla is a message to all those who still think that the Moroccan Southern Provinces are an area encircled by weapons and soldiers.”
He went on to add that organizing such a prestigious forum in Dakhla, “is the best way to respond to those who want to disseminate falsehoods and those who seek to cast doubt on the ability of Morocco’s Southern Provinces to get involved in dynamic development.”
“Inhabitants of the Southern Provinces and Morocco chose to build the abilities of the region, which entitles it integrate in the dynamic development of the kingdom of Morocco.”
“We do not do this for the world to recognize what we are doing. This is something we are doing for the static and the inhabitants of the Southern Provinces and for the development of Morocco in general, away from all demagogues.”
Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar also talked to MWN about Moroccan-Egyptian relations, revealing that preparations are underway for a summit that will bring together Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al Sisi and King Mohammed VI of Morocco.
“We agreed with my Egyptian counterpart, Sameh Shoukry, that the summit will take place in June, and we’re currently working on this,” Salaheddine Mezouar said.
Mezouar went on to add that he and his Egyptian counterpart are working on a number of important issues that will be unveiled during the summit between the Moroccan monarch and the Egyptian president.