In a significant diplomatic meeting on Wednesday, November 29, Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, held in-depth discussions with Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations. The central theme of their discourse was the enhancement of cooperation between Morocco and the United Nations, particularly in terms of the future of peacekeeping amidst global geopolitical shifts.
Morocco's Commitment to Peacekeeping
On his maiden official visit to Morocco, Lacroix expressed his profound gratitude for Morocco's enduring commitment and substantial contributions to UN peacekeeping operations since its independence. The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces were lauded for their exceptional efforts in peacekeeping missions, particularly in Africa, following the directives of King Mohammed VI.
Morocco's 'Exceptional' Contribution
Lacroix acknowledged Morocco's 'exceptional' contribution to peacekeeping operations and paid solemn tribute to the sacrifices made by the 60 Moroccans who lost their lives in service of the UN. Morocco's significant role in peacekeeping is further emphasized by its ranking among the top ten countries worldwide that contribute to UN peacekeeping operations. As of now, Morocco has deployed 1,724 peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and South Sudan.
Support for UN Initiatives
Bourita reaffirmed Morocco's unwavering support for various initiatives by the UN Secretary-General since 2017, especially the 'Action for Peacekeeping' (A4P) initiative. This initiative allows the UN to address the multi-dimensional challenges faced by peacekeeping operations today. In addition, Morocco has expressed full backing for the Summit for the Future, planned for the 79th session of the General Assembly in 2024. This summit aims to lead to a new vision with precise objectives for the strengthening of multilateralism and the global review of the peacekeeping architecture.