Bourita: African Identity Is Deeply Rooted in Morocco's Political Choices

African identity is deeply rooted in Morocco's institutions and political choices, under the enlightened leadership of King Mohammed VI, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, said on Thursday in Rabat.

Speaking at the opening of the North Africa Regional Ministerial Conference, organized by the Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Togo under the theme "Pan-Africanism and Migration", Bourita said that the Kingdom is strongly enriched by its "assertive Afro-optimism", reflected in its proactive African policy encompassing various areas of cooperation and its humanist policy on migration.

Morocco, he added, has advocated a humanist and supportive approach, adopting in 2013 a new migration policy based on a participatory approach comprising various aspects, including respect for human rights, compliance with international law, international cooperation and shared responsibility.

As a symbol of this Afro-optimism, the Kingdom's migration policy has enabled the regularization of tens of thousands of migrants in a complicated regional and international context, said Bourita.

Co-chaired by Bourita and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and Togolese Abroad, Robert Dussey, whose country chairs the High Committee in charge of the agenda of the Decade of African Roots and Diaspora, this video conference meeting takes place as part of the preparatory process for the 9th Pan-African Congress (October 29-November 02 in Lomé).

The organization by the Kingdom of Morocco of this Conference, which will be attended by several ministers and senior African officials, is a continuation of the Kingdom's pioneering role in the field of migration, in line with the enlightened vision of King Mohammed VI, Leader of the African Union on the migration issue.

It is also an opportunity to reaffirm and recall the Kingdom of Morocco's commitment and leadership on migration issues, and its initiatives to promote safe and responsible migration at continental and international levels.

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