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GCC-Morocco Alliance and Strategic Partnership

The GCC-Morocco Alliance and Strategic Partnership

GCC-Morocco \ (Gulf Cooperation Council) and the Kingdom of Morocco have reinforced their strategic partnership through mutual support and shared initiatives.

GCC Strategic Partnership and Initiatives

During a ministerial meeting held in Riyadh on March 3, 2024, GCC States lauded the Atlantic African Initiative launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI. This initiative aims to enhance cooperation between Sahel and Atlantic coast states, showcasing the commitment of both parties to strengthen economic relations and regional stability. The GCC Secretary General, Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi, emphasized the strategic partnership’s significance, expressing pride and a desire to expand the collaboration further. This meeting, attended by key diplomats including Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, highlighted the robust foundation of this partnership, aligning with King Mohammed VI’s vision and the aspirations of Gulf State leaders.

GCC-Morocco Alliance
This is a locator map for the Gulf Cooperation Council member states: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo)

Unwavering Support for Morocco’s Sovereignty

The GCC countries reaffirmed their steadfast support for Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara, underlining the autonomy initiative as the sole solution to the conflict within the framework of Morocco’s territorial integrity. This affirmation came during a session at the GCC Secretariat General in Riyadh, reinforcing the strong relations and strategic partnership established since the Morocco-GCC Summit in 2016. The foreign ministers underscored their support for relevant United Nations decisions, demonstrating a unified stance on preserving peace and security in the region.

Condemnation of Violence in Gaza

In a strong display of humanitarian advocacy, Morocco condemned the targeting of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in Gaza, who were awaiting humanitarian aid. This act resulted in significant casualties, sparking international outcry. Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI and his role as chair of the Al-Quds Committee, called for an independent investigation into the violence and accountability for those responsible. The Kingdom’s call for international intervention to achieve a ceasefire, ensure the delivery of humanitarian aid, and protect Palestinian lives underscores its commitment to upholding international humanitarian law.

The GCC meetings in Riyadh not only showcased the solid strategic partnerships and shared visions between the GCC countries and Morocco but also highlighted their collective voice in advocating for peace, sovereignty, and humanitarian principles on the international stage. Through initiatives like the Atlantic African Initiative and firm stances on geopolitical issues, these nations demonstrate their commitment to fostering a stable, prosperous, and just international community.

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