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Morocco's Role in Peacekeeping and Religious Dialogue Highlighted in Brussels

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Morocco's role in peacekeeping and religious dialogue was highlighted at the universal peace Conference, organized by the Universal Council for the Peace of Nations and Continents at the European Parliament in Brussels.
Morocco's Role in Peacekeeping and Religious Dialogue Highlighted in Brussels
07 September 2018

Speaking at the conference, Morocco's ambassador to the EU, Ahmed Reda Chami, said that in the field of peacekeeping the kingdom is the 14th largest supplier of peacekeepers in the world. As early as 1960, the first Moroccan peacekeepers were sent to Congo-Kinshasa where, together with soldiers from other countries, they helped to defeat the Katangese secession, he noted, adding that Moroccan peacekeepers had also participated in multiple UN operations (Kosovo, the Central African Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina…).

The Moroccan diplomat also underlined the Kingdom's role in the dialogue of religions and cultures. Morocco, he noted, is the only Arab-Muslim country to emphasize in its Constitution that the Hebrew component is a dimension of Moroccan identity.

Chami added that in the MENA region, Morocco is home to the largest Jewish community and the largest number of Jewish synagogues and cemeteries, stressing that many churches are open to Christians to freely worship.

Morocco organized in January 2016 in Marrakech the 1st conference in the world on the "Rights of Religious Minorities in Islamic Lands", he recalled.

In addition, the Moroccan official highlighted the numerous initiatives to promote understanding of other cultures.

Referring to the African dimension of the Kingdom's foreign policy, Chami stressed that Morocco, for more than a decade, has been making another type of contribution to peace in Africa. It participates in projects for food security, the construction of social housing, health infrastructure, micro-credits, the fight against climate change (to keep African inhabitants on their land), the training of African executives in Morocco and the provision of scholarships to African students.

Regarding the fight against international terrorism, the Moroccan diplomat underlined that the Kingdom has developed an integrated strategy for the prevention of religious extremism based on psychological, ideological, social and security aspects.

Last modified : 07 September 2018

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