Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco is standing in support of Saudi Arabia following the adoption by the United States Congress of the Bill “Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act” (JASTA), aimed mainly to associate Saudi Arabia with countries that prone terrorism around the world.
A statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation stresses the following 6 bullet points:
1. The Kingdom of Morocco, which condemns terrorism in all its forms and whatever the motivations behind, has always been part of the struggle of the international community against this scourge.
2. The voluntary commitment of States remains the cornerstone of the international fight against terrorism and violent extremism. This commitment should be strengthened and encouraged.
3. After the attacks of September 11th, 2001, Arab States, notably those of the Gulf region, have demonstrated a particularly strong commitment by supporting morally, militarily and financially international efforts, including those of the US, in the fight against terrorism.
4. Targeting and stigmatizing States – friends of the United States – is likely to undermine these efforts.
5. The perpetrators of terrorist acts must be held accountable for their despicable acts and brought to justice. But by no means should the terrorist acts of some isolated individuals be charged to their home country, especially since these individuals act against the security and interests of that same country. Therefore, one cannot lump together acts charged against isolated individuals with state responsibility. Such confusion would be to call into question the entire history of mankind.
6. Morocco calls for the respect, by all, of the principles enshrined in the UN Charter. The Kingdom recalls as well the principle of jurisdictional immunity of states, which is well established in international law and remains essential to peaceful international relations.
The Moroccan Times.