OIC Summit: the King underlines the need to help the least developed African States members of the Organization

Banjul – His Majesty King Mohammed VI called for the least developed African countries, members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, to be given more care and attention, to face the challenges of their progress.

In his speech addressed to the 15th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, held on May 4 and 5 in the Gambian capital, Banjul, His Majesty the King said: “Given the Kingdom of Morocco’s affiliation to the African continent, and the deep-rooted human ties and solid spiritual ties that characterize its relations with its sister countries, we affirm “It is necessary to provide the least developed African countries, members of our organization, with more care and attention, in order to confront the various challenges that affect the path of their progress.”

In this speech, which was read by the Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Mr. Ahmed Al-Tawfiq, during the official opening of the Islamic Summit, His Majesty highlighted that this organization and its specialized institutions are called upon to redouble their efforts and initiatives directed at those countries, within the framework of the spirit of brotherhood, solidarity and synergy among Muslims, and to collectively benefit from the programs. And the development plans that are approved at the organization’s summits and meetings.

In this regard, His Majesty explained that these countries, in particular, are experiencing increasing threats to their energy and food security and economic growth, noting that this has a negative impact on their stability and leads to aggravation of their social and economic conditions.

From this standpoint, and out of his belief in the importance of South-South cooperation, His Majesty stated that Morocco launched the Afro-Atlantic Initiative as a path for an African partnership whose ultimate goal is to strengthen ties of cooperation and integration between the African countries overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, with the aim of consolidating peace, stability and common prosperity in the region, in addition to Announcing the launch of an initiative at the international level, which aims to enable the Sahel countries to access the Atlantic Ocean.

His Majesty the King added that the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project draws from the same spirit of solidarity, as it is a project for regional integration and joint economic advancement, and to encourage development dynamism on the Atlantic Strip.

On another level, His Majesty stressed that the holding of the fifteenth summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation comes in light of a delicate and difficult international circumstance, characterized by the spread of crises and the worrying rise in hotbeds of tension in the Islamic world, alerting His Majesty to the growing security and terrorist threats and the spread of extremist and abhorrent sectarian tendencies and the resulting deterioration. violence.

In this context, His Majesty the King noted that this summit was being held while several regions in the Islamic world were still suffering under the weight of political and military tensions and security unrest, which had a negative impact on the living conditions in many member states of the organization, especially African ones.

His Majesty stressed that expanding the horizons of joint Islamic action and investing in the national capabilities of the OIC countries requires a realistic and constructive assessment of the mechanisms for implementing the organization’s work programme, and improving the legal framework, with a view to adapting it to respond to the needs of societies in the areas of investment and trade, and enabling the productive sectors to achieve the required economic integration and integration.

His Majesty explained that the countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation are not immune to the serious challenges happening around them, represented by crises of a new generation, economic, political, security, environmental and health.

In this regard, His Majesty called on the countries of the organization to enhance the ability to respond to these challenges, and to adapt to the continued turmoil that casts a shadow on the global economy, due to pressure on global supply chains, resulting from wars and the threat to maritime shipping lanes.

His Majesty stressed that this situation requires adopting renewed approaches and adopting innovative and implementable programs, with the aim of alleviating the impact of these crises and reducing their effects, pointing out that winning the stakes of comprehensive and sustainable human development and achieving economic well-being requires exploring opportunities for integration and integration, to achieve common benefit. .

His Majesty added that the matter is also related to implementing the eighteen priorities of the next ten-year program of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, especially increasing the share of intra-regional trade in the foreign trade of member countries, and removing obstacles that hinder the development of trade exchanges between the countries of the Organization.

His Majesty highlighted the natural and human qualifications of the organization’s countries, which enable them to achieve the status of a bloc that produces knowledge, stability, and prosperity, for the general benefit of them, their surroundings, and the entire world.

His Majesty highlighted that this ancient organization is a space in which it innovates, strives, plans and mobilizes to accomplish practical projects, keeping in mind its ultimate ambition for international peace and security, sustainable development, progress and collective well-being.

His Majesty the King recalled that when the “Organization of the Islamic Conference” was founded 55 years ago in Morocco, the goal was not to establish a religious organization, but rather the project emerged from a belief in disseminating the teachings of a true religion and universal human values as a way to mobilize resolve, make the voice of Islamic countries heard, and achieve solidarity. Real and practical.

His Majesty concluded that the concept of solidarity, “to which we aspire today, does not stop at defending the integrity of the faith and its unity with words and good intentions, but also includes respect for pluralism and privacy, fosters trust, and focuses on collective work.”

From: Fez News website

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