MFA Nasser Bourita Receives OIC Secretary-General

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, M. Nasser Bourita, received on June 14, 2022 in Rabat, the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Mr. Hissein Brahim Taha.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with Mr. Hissein Brahim Taha, following bilateral talks, MFA Bourita stressed the role and importance given by the Sovereign to this Organization stating that for HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco's action within the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) must be an act of solidarity and commitment to all the fundamental projects of the Organization.

Morocco, upon instructions of HM the King, gives its full support to the SG of the OIC, to his actions and projects so that he can carry out his mission within the organization and meet all the challenges it faces, noted MFA Bourita.

The regional and international context raises a number of challenges to the Islamic Ummah, indicated MFA Bourita, stressing that the OIC is a fundamental space for coordination among Muslim countries that must adapt to meet the challenges of political instability, economic growth, and Islamophobia that is spreading in several parts of the world.

The OIC has an important role to play to carry out its work, said Bourita. HM the King, as Chairman of the Al Quds Committee under the OIC, will continue to act with the same commitment in defense of the Holy City, he added.

Morocco, through the Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency, is a key player in strengthening the resistance of the Maqdessis and enabling them to preserve the historical, legal and Muslim character of the Holy City, MFA Bourita stated.

Morocco counts on the General Secretariat of the OIC to ensure that the Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency is an operational tool acting on the ground to strengthen the resistance of the Maqdessis in this city, the Minister added.

Within the Al-Qods Committee, HM the King has constantly reiterated Morocco's position in defense of the Palestinians' legitimate rights within the framework of the two-state solution, with a Palestinian State on the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital.

MFA Bourita also assured that Morocco is willing to share its experience and expertise with the OIC in several areas to enrich the cooperation programs that the Secretary-General wishes to conduct.

The model of religious cooperation between Morocco and African countries and some European countries can be a model of inspiration for the action that the OIC can carry out at the international level, MFA Bourita concluded.

For his part, Mr. Hissein Brahim Taha highlighting the importance of the Kingdom's expertise in vital areas for Africa.

Africa needs the expertise of Morocco especially in food security, Mr. Brahim Taha, noting that the continent relies heavily on the Kingdom.

There is a willingness in Morocco "to help and be with his people" in Africa, he said, praising the role played by the Kingdom in the African continent.

The OIC Secretary General also noted that Africa, and especially the Sahel, needs help to fight terrorism.

Mr. Brahim Taha also emphasized the importance for the OIC to discuss with countries like Morocco, especially at a time when the world is experiencing a quite difficult situation.

He also mentioned the latest developments in Yemen, reporting an improvement in the situation in this country, following the commitment of some groups to the peace process.

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