Marking the 48th anniversary of the Green March and the 68th anniversary of Morocco's Independence Day, a conference titled 'Morocco: the diplomacy of soft power emerging' was organized by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco in Lille, on November 24th. Co-hosted by the Consul and Dr. Chiheb Youssef, a professor at the Sorbonne University, the event delved deep into the significance of these notable events and the diplomatic strides made by Morocco.
A Celebration of Diplomatic Achievements
The Consul General reflected on the combined efforts of the Alaouite throne and the Moroccan people in securing the country's independence and territorial integrity. She underscored King Mohammed VI's leadership and Morocco's diplomatic accomplishments, rooted in a vision of peaceful negotiation and soft power diplomacy. Morocco's chosen path is one of openness, peace, and shared prosperity with its partners.
Morocco's Commitment to Solidarity
Reference was made to Morocco's commitment to solidarity and economic integration dynamics. This commitment was exemplified in the King's speech advocating for Atlantic collaboration to create a continental influence hub. The event highlighted how Morocco has been paving its way towards becoming a crucial player in soft power diplomacy.
Morocco: An Emerging Soft Power Diplomacy Player
Dr. Chiheb Youssef emphasized Morocco's emergence as a significant player in soft power diplomacy, particularly under King Mohammed VI's reign. He outlined Morocco's diplomatic approach, a blend of political, economic, cultural, religious, sports, and humanitarian aspects. Dr. Youssef highlighted the positive developments in Morocco's national cause, including the international recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara, and the opening of foreign consulates in the southern provinces. He also touched upon Morocco's diplomatic network and strategic enterprise performances, transforming the country into a hub of convergence, performance, and attractiveness.
Dr. Youssef further discussed Morocco's economic diplomacy, evident through various agreements and partnerships in different sectors. Examples include South-South cooperation and the renegotiation of the agreement with the European Union. He concluded the discussion by touching on Morocco's geopolitical strategy, exemplified by the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project and Morocco's status as a sectoral dialogue partner with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
The conference, attended by high-ranking individuals from academic and university spheres, illuminated the trajectory of Morocco's soft power diplomacy and its rising global influence.