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Rabat: Mr. Abdellah Boussouf outlines the advantages of migration and the importance of inter-religious dialogue at the Diplomatic Foundation

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

The Diplomatic Foundation hosted, on Tuesday 30 March 2021 in Rabat, a session on dialogue with Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), with the attendance of several ambassadors to Morocco and representatives of diplomatic institutions.

In his speech, Mr. Boussouf stressed the importance of the migratory process for humanity. He said it is a factor of stability and prosperity for the world, as illustrated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen the contribution of scientists of migrant origin in the development of vaccines against the virus, in addition to the solidarity shown by Moroccan immigrants towards their country of origin and host country. He added, these efforts were praised by the World Bank in its report on remittances from Moroccan immigrants in 2020.

The Secretary General of CCME has also explained the world reached a point where it is imperative to counter the stereotypes on migration causing concerns and conflicts. He stated that the time has come to reconsider this issue as a source of social construction and building human bridges that allow dialogue between religions, cultures, nations and civilizations. An objective that, according to Mr. Boussouf, needs to Educate the new generations about the noble values of migration as an opportunity to restore the global stability and containing religious, political extremism and terrorism.

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf also referred to the spiritual and the significance of the historic Pope's visit from the Vatican to Morocco in 2019 and his reception by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful. He highlighted the significance of the institution of the Commandery of the Faithful as a guarantee of freedom of conscience for all monotheistic religions.

Regarding the Moroccan religious model, Mr. Boussouf, who published the book "Monarchie citoyenne en terre d'Islam: Comment Mohammed VI a conçu un modèle religieux universel", said that the moroccan model is based on three pillars: knowledge, as represented by the scholar Ibn Khaldun, rationality and critical sense, as portrayed by Ibn Rochd, and the spiritual dimension, as embodied by Ibn Al Arabi. The purpose of all these concepts is to protect Muslims around the world from radical extremism.

Responding to a question about the ongoing debate in France regarding Islam, the secretary general pointed out that Islam is not incompatible with democracy, nor with the principles of the Republic or human rights.

The meeting was also an opportunity to interact with questions from the ambassadors accredited to Morocco, especially on issues related to the Moroccan community abroad and the Council's work on this issue.

At the closing of the meeting, the dean of the diplomatic corps in Morocco and ambassador of the Chad Republic, Mohamed Abdel Rasul, on behalf of the attending ambassadors granted Mr. Abdellah Boussouf the Diplomatic Foundation's trophy.


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