Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, took part in the Lisbon Forum held this 3rd and 4th of December under the theme: “How to combat radicalisation and terrorism: prevention tools and shared knowledge in the Mediterranean and European space””.
Most notably, Bouaida took the floor during the « Rule of Law and Democratic responses: A bulwark against radicalisation” panel. The Moroccan minister “highlighted the need to adopt a multifaceted approach so as to fight extremism in all its forms,” a statement from Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs read.
Bouaida stated that “the security approach alone is not enough for the eradication of this phenomenon,” insisting on “the different political, economic, and social reforms implemented in Morocco for the reinforcement of democracy, in accordance with the new adopted constitution of July 2011.”
On another level, the Minister Delegate, on the sidelines of her participation in the Lisbon Forum, held talks with the Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Margarida Marques, on the means apt to further reinforce cooperation between Morocco and Portugal.
During this meeting, the two parties praised the excellence of the relations uniting Morocco and Portugal, while noting that the two countries share the same vision and conception of the partnerships that could be built.
On this occasion, Mrs. Bouaida highlighted the political, legislative and institutional reforms undertaken by Morocco for several years now, under the High Guidance of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, emphasizing in particular the implementation of the new constitution of 2011.
On the sidelines of the forum, Mbarka met with the Portuguese Secretary of State Mrs. Marques and “informed the Portuguese official of the latest developments of the Sahara issue, underlining the efforts of the Kingdom for a negotiated and realistic political solution, based on the fixed parameters of the pertinent Security Council resolutions,” Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement further noted
“For his part, the Portuguese Secretary of State praised the reforms undertaken by the Kingdom in different areas as well as the stability that Morocco enjoys in the region, as well as highlighted “the role played by the Kingdom in the Mediterranean region, underling that Morocco is a privileged partner for the European Union.”
The Moroccan Times.