Labor settlement wing handles 3,000 cases, clears SR5 million in dues    8 things NGOs can do to survive the pandemic    Sentiment mixed on lingering US fiscal talks, Beirut explosion as gold moves past $2,022    Landmark Arabia, Alnahda Society partner to facilitate virtual learning    Alinma Bank announces net profit of SR1,048 million before zakat    Bahrain's banks must help finance economic recovery    Kuwait reports 651 new coronavirus cases, 580 recoveries, 3 deaths    Indian PM lays foundation of temple at razed mosque site    Sudan Praises KSA's Mechanism to Accelerate Implementation of Riyadh Agreement    Training on coronavirus measures important before start of new academic year: Al-Sheikh    Health Ministry: 1,389 New COVID-19 Cases, 1,626 New Recoveries Reported, in Saudi Arabia    OPEC Basket Price Stood, at $44.27    KAICIID Participates in Organizing 4th Regional Consultative Meeting for Asia    Global coronavirus deaths cross 700,000    Death toll from Beirut blast rises past 100 Blast damages value ranges between $3-5bn; 300,000 people displaced: City governor    KSrelief Supports Lebanese Medical Teams to Help People Affected by Beirut Port Explosion    Asia shares mixed    HRH Crown Prince Congratulates Governor-General of Jamaica on Independence Day    Saudi Press: 600 Male and Female Orphans Benefited from KSRelief's Projects in Yamen during Hajj Season    Ebrahim Alkazi, India's theater legend, dies at 95    Summer training camp perfect preparation for UAE's jiu-jitsu stars    LaLiga Academy UAE launches its 2020/2021 season at its new home at DSC    Saudi Customs eases restrictions for trucks from GCC states    Umm Kulthum hologram to perform at Dubai Opera    Long-awaited Riyadh derby, SPL games will finally kick-off with safety measures in place    UAE Team Emirates on the podium at Strade Bianche    India's top minister Amit Shah tests positive for coronavirus    Aubameyang double helps Arsenal beat Chelsea for 14th FA Cup trophy    Azra Aly, South African pilgrim: ‘The beginning of the rest of my life'    Paris Saint-Germain beats Lyon to win League Cup final    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Islam calls for protecting communities against epidemics: Sheikh Al-Manea    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    Top food magazine pays glowing tribute to ‘the queen of macarons'    Saudi Waste Management Center Signs MoU to Enhance Environmental Sustainability in Saudi Arabia    Bahrain Bourse Rises    Cruise Ships on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea Coasts Launched    First-ever bone marrow transplant successfully conducted in UAE    Juventus claim ninth successive Serie A title with win over Sampdoria    NWC Launches Private Sector Long-Term Investment Opportunities For Sewage Treatment Plants' Development and Operation in Saudi Arabia    Muslims in UAE asked to perform Eid Al-Adha prayers at home    Paplo Larazapal appointed international ambassador for Saudi golf    Complementary, Alternative Medicine Practicing 1st Manual Version Issued    Saudi Ithra center launches dialogue sessions with most famous creators in the world    SFDA Implements National Program to Ensure Safety of 10,000 Food Samples    Saudi Surgeon Managed to Remove Kuwaiti Girl's Brain Tumor, as French Physician Declined, in the last Moments    Senior Scholars Council Issues Decision No. 246 Regarding Attendance of Friday Prayer and Prayers at Mosques in a Case of Spread of Epidemic or Fear of its Spread    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Addresses Citizens and Muslims on Eid Al-Fitr    







Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.





The American-Moroccan Summit
Published in AL HAYAT on 24 - 11 - 2013

Because it was held against the backdrop of a transient crisis, the summit held between Moroccan Monarch King Mohammed VI and American President Barack Obama went beyond the efforts to dissipate the blames. Indeed, it addressed the future, in order to turn the pages of regional and international concerns surrounding the situation in North Africa and the Sahel Region south of the Sahara, as well as the developments of the Middle East crisis and the Syrian issue. And the fact that this was featured in the strategic dialogue between the two allied countries means that the drawing up of new policies relies on contemplation and the redrafting of the principles and mutual commitments.
Based on its economic, military and political influence, the American administration cannot stop listening to its friend's opinions, especially when they are based on convictions saying that honesty is the best way to overcome any among the aspects of misunderstanding. The Americans can only be reassured by honest statements which strengthen their friendships, at a time when their allies are more comfortable seeing this friendship materializing based on balanced positions, especially at the level of the efforts to support a just peace, achieve smooth democratic transition and build even partnerships, allowing the overcoming of all the difficulties and challenges.
Hence, it is not because Morocco is worried about the Sahara file that it can leave the remaining issues aside. Indeed, the concerns surrounding stability, security and peace, as well as the deterrence of the dangers, the terrorist threats and the signs of extremism, are all commitments which cannot be dissociated from the core of strategic actions. This is true, whether in the context of the efforts to activate the obstructed Maghreb Union and establish a productive bloc characterized by coherence, understanding and coordination, to deter the explosive situation in the African region on the outskirts of the Sahel south of the Sahara, which needs to see the enhancement of stability, development and the democratic wager, to induce a qualitative leap and give a strong push to the Middle East negotiations, in order to achieve the project of the two states that are capable of coexisting in security and peace, or at the level of the Syrian crisis whose repercussions have cast their shadow over the entire situation in the Arab Levant.
Regardless of the trust, the productive partnership, and the mutual interests characterizing bilateral relations, they always need wider regional space liberating them from the restraints of the regional crises which usually impact all ambitions in a negative way. And this intertwinement between what is bilateral, regional, and international at the intersection of stable friendships implies wide mutual commitments measured by actions and not just intentions.
The Moroccan-American summit renewed an inclination in this direction, seen at least in the fact that the wish to build strategic relations has started to affect the American and Moroccan handling of the region's crises. At the level of the Sahara issue in particular, there was an inclination to support the United Nations' efforts to secure a permanent and just political solution, which would not have been possible without Morocco's autonomy initiative that led this case away from its predicament, and gave a push to the negotiations option between the concerned sides. And despite the diverging positions, the American support of the negotiations option under UN sponsorship preserves the action and interaction dynamic of the UN.
But most importantly, in the context of the political solution, is that it opens new horizons before the entire Maghreb region. Indeed, such a solution allows the prevalence of concord and harmony and replaces the language of conflict with that of understanding. And the agreement to confront the threats and challenges coming from the Sahel countries is the only guarantee for the strong presence of the Maghreb position, as it is facing security challenges that are not excluding any party and are not sparing any state. In other words, what the initiatives of political détente – that were halted by a closed door – failed to achieve, can be accomplished by a courageous decision placing the challenges of the southern edge of the Maghreb space at the top of the list of priorities. This is due to the fact that terrorism and extremism do not choose their opponents, which is why the sides carrying good intentions should select the ways to confront it without any reluctance or stalling.
The summit held between the Moroccan king and the American president focused on the security challenges. This reveals that the war on terrorism and extremism is now the main preoccupation. At this level, there is none better than the Arab and Islamic states advocating moderate and constructive choices to guarantee the transfer of successful experiences to ones being gnawed by extremism and fundamentalism. Still, this remains linked to the elimination of the tensions and the translation on the ground of the joint aspirations to build societies of justice, freedom and knowledge. Naturally, the responsibilities of the United States as a main pillar in international balance increase whenever it approaches the pending files and issues up-close. In fact, there are events imposing themselves on the Arab world, from its West to its East, and requiring the drafting of new policies along the path to build confidence, enhance the friendships and lead the alliances to a point over which all the wishes converge in the presence of the necessary capabilities to achieve them.
At this level, the logic of moderation and smooth reform initiatives has been established as an efficient way to overcome the difficulties. In addition, the strengthening of friendships to reach the point of deep partnerships constitutes a test for the will to proceed along the course of calm transition, which preserves the states' structures and induces the required impact with the least amount of losses. The Moroccan approach in its dialogue with the Americans is no different than the other confident and calm approaches that are moving forward with steady steps, at a time when there are issues that cannot tolerate reluctance or postponement.


Clic here to read the story from its source.