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The King Receives UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres

The King Mohamed VI granted Guterres an audience at Rabat Royal Palace, according to a Royal Cabinet statement.

Speaking to the King, UN secretary General expressed his gratitude for the successful holding of the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration,

Over 160 countries adopted the Global Compact on Migration (CGM) on Monday, the first day of the migration conference in Marrakesh.

The migration pact aims “to better manage  international migration, address its challenges, and strengthen migrants’ rights while contributing to sustainable development”.

Leaders such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, and Canadian immigration minister Ahmed Hussen joined the two-day conference in Marrakesh.

“Guterres noted Morocco’s human rights achievements and its constructive role in terms of south-south cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and climate change”, reads the Royal Cabinet statement.

The UNSG also lauded the Kingdom’s generous and unwavering commitment to peacekeeping operations, especially the important contingents of the royal armed forces deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

Nasser Bourita, the Foreign minister said last month that Morocco had provided more than 60,000 soldiers to peacekeeping operations in 17 operations around the world, since the creation of the UN.

Discussing the Western Sahara issue in light of the Geneva roundtable held on 5-6 December, the King reiterated Morocco’s support for the UN secretary general and personal envoy efforts’ to reach a mutually acceptable political solution to the conflict.

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