Illegal Migration: African Ambassadors Commend Morocco’s Migration Policy

African Ambassadors accredited to Morocco commended, Sunday in Rabat, the humanitarian approach permeating the Kingdom’s migration policy and expressed their readiness to collaborate with Moroccan authorities on this issue.

This came at a meeting held Sunday in Rabat during which officials from Morocco’s foreign ministry and interior ministry briefed the African ambassadors on the tragic attempt by illegal migrants to force a border passage with the Spanish occupied city of Melilla, and projected videos showing violent attacks by the illegal migrants.

Actually, early on Friday, nearly 2000 Sub-Saharan migrants armed with sticks, bladed weapons and even acid attacked Moroccan security forces at the border passage.

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During the meeting, the dean of the diplomatic corps, Cameroonian ambassador to Morocco, Mouhamadou Youssifou, stressed that the African group “greatly appreciates the gesture of HM King Mohammed VI for the supervision of migrants in Morocco”, recalling the initiative of regularization, initiated in 2013 in favor of irregular migrants in the Kingdom.

“This migration policy of Morocco has earned HM the King to be designated by the African Union (AU) Leader of migration in Africa”, he underlined in a statement to the press at the end of the meeting.

After condemning the assault of illegal immigrants in Nador, Mr. Youssifou underlined that African diplomat stand, as in the past, alongside the Moroccan authorities to face this situation, which, he said, “does not honor our countries and which does not honor Africa, in general.”

“We are ready to support HM King Mohammed VI to find a lasting solution to the issue of immigration,” he said, adding that the African diplomatic corps is ready to work with Morocco to create a synergy of actions with African countries.

For his part, the Ambassador of Chad, Mahamat Abdel Rassoul, praised the King’s migration policy, recalling that the Sovereign has given His High Instructions to shelter all foreigners and migrants who work, study and live in Morocco.

“We live in Morocco and we know how the Moroccan brothers conduct their policy towards our students, our migrants and our workers in the Kingdom,” he said, recalling that the AU had entrusted to the Sovereign the management of the “very relevant and very sensitive” migration issue.

He also reaffirmed his country’s determination to help Morocco to implement the Royal vision aimed at making South-South cooperation the foundation of African unity.

Echoing his colleagues, the Ambassador of gabon, Sylver Aboubakar Minko-Mi-Nseme, stressed that his country encourages the migration policy advocated by the Moroccan government under the leadership of King Mohammed VI.

“We are working with the Moroccan authorities to make our citizens aware of the fact that Morocco is only protecting its territory and that illegal immigration cannot be encouraged,” he said.

The Ambassador of Mali Mohamed Mahamoud Ben Labbat, praised the migration policy conducted under the wise leadership of King Mohammed VI.

Minister-Counselor at the Embassy of the Union of the Comoros, Housni Mohamed Abdou, on his part hailed the King’s efforts to perpetuate the Kingdom’s policy of openness and to make Morocco a land of reception.

“We are ready to collaborate with Moroccan authorities”, said Mohamed Abdou, reiterating his country’s solidarity with the migration policy carried out by the Kingdom.

Following the tragic incident, Spanish Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have both paid tribute to Moroccan security forces for their steady efforts to put an end to illegal migration and the exploitation of migrants by trafficking networks and gangs.


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