The Kingdom is represented at this meeting by a delegation composed of the Ambassador Director General of Bilateral Relations and Regional Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Mr. Fouad Yazourh, the Ambassador, Director General of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI), Mohamed Methqal, the Director of the African Union (AU), Greater Maghreb and Arab Maghreb Union Affairs at the Ministry, Hassane Boukili, and Chargé d’Affaires at the Moroccan Embassy in Togo, Hamid Mechino.
In a speech delivered on this occasion, Fouad Yazourh indicated that this new mobilization of States and partners to take part in the 3rd meeting of the GST-Mali is in line with the spirit of pan-African solidarity, adding that it also reflects a common desire to consolidate the progress made recently by Mali.
These advances are the result of concerted efforts between various actors in Mali, ECOWAS, the AU and more broadly, within the international community, he continued, noting that the positive momentum recorded in recent months is a source of optimism for Morocco, given the major advances recorded by Mali, in particular the adoption of a new electoral law and the establishment of a Commission for the drafting of a new Constitution, the definition of an electoral timetable over a period of 24 months, and the scheduling of presidential elections in February 2024.
While reopening the horizon of stability in Mali and throughout the sub-region, these real advances cannot be sustainable without regional and international mobilization, he underlined.
Mr. Yazourh highlighted, in this sense, that the Kingdom of Morocco, under the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, remains faithful to the ancestral and historical ties that unite it to Mali and brotherly Malian people.
It is in this spirit that Morocco has contributed, since 2019, to calming the situation in Mali, he said, recalling that the Kingdom had undertaken, in consultation with the authorities of the transition, concrete steps aimed at uniting the various Malian actors, in particular the Sufi families around the fundamentals.
He also said that under the leadership of His Majesty the King, Morocco is working for a better tomorrow in Mali.
The official indicated, with supporting figures, that Mali is the fourth recipient of Moroccan foreign direct investment (FDI) on the continental scale, and the second beneficiary of Moroccan training scholarships with a quota of 200 scholarships granted for the year 2020-2021.
Morocco has trained more than 500 Malian Imams at the Mohammed VI Institute of Imams Morchidines and Morchidates, he said, noting that His Majesty King Mohammed VI has appointed 8 Malians to the Superior Council of the Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulema.
He argued that the new sequence that is opening in Mali’s transition process is also an opportunity to question any initiative or process that is struggling to demonstrate its contribution to Mali’s stabilization efforts.
This 3rd meeting of the Mali Transition Monitoring and Support Group is an opportunity to recall that the approach based on sanction, punishment is not an example of success, he continued.
Thus, he indicated, the lifting of sanctions on Mali constitutes, in the eyes of Morocco, a guarantee of the will to go beyond the management of the crises by the application of “procedures”, towards a will to support, readjust and listen to stakeholders.
This new posture is in harmony with the doctrine of the Kingdom, which advocates non-interference in the internal affairs of countries, taking into account the aspirations of the populations and confidence in their genius, noted Mr. Yazourh.
“While we may regret the sovereign decision of the Malian State to leave the joint G5-Sahel force, for reasons that we understand, we remain committed to Mali’s contribution to regional security and confident that it will not will spare no effort, moreover, to contribute to it,” he said.
“If, for years, questions about the future of Mali have always been read through the prism of arduous tasks, our commitment today should refocus us on dialogue around a viable future for the Malian citizen”, a- he chained.
“For the Kingdom of Morocco, there are no shortcuts to solving the complex Malian equation”, he highlighted, stressing that “the most viable path for all of us, partners of Mali, is to remain attentive to its needs and to contribute to its own management”.