the “Dialogue of Tangier”organized by the Aladdin Project, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), was launched Friday in the city of the strait , in order to build bridges of understanding between the cultures and civilizations of the world.
The participants in “Dialogue of Tangier”initiated under the sign: “Towards a new shared light”underlined that this initiative constitutes a space where the leaders of the planet engage in an open dialogue to define the parameters of a future based on the values of alliance, human solidarity, coexistence and mutual respect between the civilizations and peoples.
In this spirit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, indicated that exchanges, such as those hosted by the “Dialogue of Tangier”are essential, because the world still needs free, dispassionate reflection “out of the box” and “out of the block”an uninhibited approach to complex subjects, as well as intellectual tolerance and diversity of perspectives.
Mr. Bourita also noted that the Tangier Dialogue can mark its specificity and make a difference, by transcending the ” brainstorming “ towards an active management of the topics discussed, as well as perpetuating and broadening the reflection. He underlined that this international meeting “must remain creative, never redundant; bold, never follower ».
For his part, André Azoulay, Advisor to His Majesty the King, assured that “Morocco is a crossroads of civilizations and a model of coexistence and convergence of cultures and religions”.
“You are gathered today in Tangier, given that Morocco has been able to find the way and reach this consensus, which is that of a nation and a society, in the land of Islam in the Arab world, which says modernity “noted Mr. Azoulay.
The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in a video message broadcast during this event, hailed the city of Tangier as a land of cultural, civilizational and knowledge pluralism, and an ideal place to discuss relations and problems. commons of peoples.
The world is facing many challenges and problems that require international cooperation and solidarity, as well as multilateral dialogue, given that “Policies based on violence, hatred and intolerance have disastrous consequences”insisted the UN SG, adding that well-being can only be achieved through cultural and religious diversity.
For his part, the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, Miguel Angel Moratinos, pointed out that UNAOC supports the “Aladdin” project and the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in “the new adventure” of the launch of “Dialogue of Tangier”knowing that dialogue is the basis of global understanding and diplomatic action.
Mr. Moratinos also indicated that the Alliance of Civilizations seeks to contribute to the identification of a new architecture for peace, security and respect in the world, adding that UNAOC can serve as a bridge for dialogue and understanding between cultures and civilizations. “The world we seek to build must include regional solidarity mechanisms based on noble human values”he estimated.
As for Leah Pisar, president of the “Aladdin” Project, she praised the efforts of His Majesty King Mohammed VI in promoting dialogue, rapprochement and mutual respect between cultures, and called for combating the roots and manifestations hatred and violence that affect the world today.
She also pleaded for open dialogue, listening and mutual respect between the different parties and to open a new path towards a bright future.
In turn, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, affirmed that the world had never been confronted, since the Second World War, with a climate of apprehension and multiple threats as it is experiencing today, due to wars, the pandemic and the growth of terrorism, emphasizing the need for “Sharing the lights of justice, equality and solidarity” to get out of this situation.
He noted that Africa, despite the few hotbeds of tension and the lack of economic governance and democracy in some of its regions, embodies the image of a respected and essential player in the global economy in building bridges of bringing civilizations and cultures closer together, while stressing the imperative of weaving effective and credible partnerships which leave each country the freedom to choose its partners.
For his part, the former head of the Spanish government, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, indicated that progress in the world “will only be achieved if it is global and universal, because we are facing challenges and crises that impact the whole world”. The Covid-19 pandemic, he added, has taught the world two things, namely the value of scientific knowledge and the importance of cooperation, which has become “an unavoidable necessity”.
While evoking several indicators of geostrategic changes in the world, Mr. Zapatero called for the imperative to develop a new global pact based on collective action for security and peace, and the presence of a leadership that ensures also representing Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Along the same line, the former Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, noted that “we are in the process of reformulating the international mechanisms”believing it necessary to work together to achieve a multilateral system that guarantees the interests of all countries, in order to ensure world peace and stability.
For his part, the chairman of the Defense, Foreign Affairs and Interior Commission of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates, Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, expressed his thanks to Morocco for hosting the “Dialogue of Tangier”which takes place at a time when the world is facing many crises and conflicts.
This meeting, marked by the participation of high-level personalities, embodies “the strongest points in terms of peace, the mixing of civilizations, and the values of coexistence and tolerance in order to build a peaceful world”he added.
During this international event, participants mainly discuss ways to build peace through culture, the importance of economic factors in the dynamics of relations between the West and the Islamic world, and issues related to new technologies and to climate change in Africa and the Middle East, as well as short- and medium-term prospects in the Middle East and North Africa.