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Mediteranean Union (MU) is around the corner – Sarkozy’s initiative applauded

Posted by African Press International on October 25, 2007

Marrakech (Morocco) King Mohammed VI of Morocco on late Tuesday hailed initiative of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to create a Mediterranean Union that will pave the way for a new pact between Europe and Africa.

Speaking at the state banquet in honour of the visiting French president, King Mohammed VI described this project as visionary and daring.

He expressed his resolve to explore with President Sarkozy all opportunities in order to promote an unprecedented and gradual approach of the planned partnership and to address in an innovative and united way the various challenges facing our Mediterranean region.

According to the Moroccan King, the various stakes triggered by globalisation call on the Mediterranean region to achieve more harmonised policies on collective security, sustainable development and management of the cultural and religious space perfectly in line with the desire to consolidate the Barcelona process.

The Barcelona Process is a wide framework of political, economic and social relations between the Member States of the European Union and Southern Mediterranean partners.

Mohammed VI hopes that the second Africa European Union Summit next December in Lisbon will create new mechanisms, the driving forces of an efficient intercontinental cooperation.

For his part, the French president hailed the French-Moroccan friendship noting that the Moroccan and French peoples have a unique reciprocal fascination for and attraction to each other.”

Over the years, France and Morocco strengthened their relation despite it being conflicting and even painful at times, he said, noting that the relation was heroic during the great events of the 20th century.

The French head of state further paid tribute to the Moroccan veterans, the anonymous heroes who contributed to defend France and its values during the two World Wars.

Our two peoples are linked by geography, a common history but also by the same attachment to their roots, identity and culture, President Sarkozy stressed.

President Sarkozy said Paris wants to support the big structuring projects Morocco announced in order to make full use of them in its integration into the global economy.

On Tuesday in the Moroccan northern city of Tangier, President Sarkozy called for a summit of the Mediterranean regions heads of state in June 2008 in France to discuss the Mediterranean Union project.

This summit seeks, according to the French president, to lay the foundations for a political, economic and cultural opinion based on the principle of strict equality among the countries in the Mediterranean region.

President Sarkozy also urged all States outside the Mediterranean region, but concerned with the project, to attend the maiden summit as observers.

Published by Korir, API/APN tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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