November 30, 2022

A few months after changing the official Spanish position on the artificial conflict in the Moroccan Sahara, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced his intention to attend the forum in Fez next month.

Sources close to Sanchez told Spanish media that the Spanish official intends to attend the ninth World Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which will be held November 22-23 in Fez, along with his socialist predecessor, José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.

A week ago, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Burita held talks in New York with Miguel Angel Moratinos, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly.

Following these discussions, held at the headquarters of the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Nations, Nasser Bourita and Miguel Angel Moratinos announced that the ninth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations would be held in Fes on 22 November. 23.

According to a joint statement, the Under-Secretary-General and the High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations confirmed that the convening of the ninth United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum and the joint efforts of the United Nations and Morocco will ensure the success of this forum.

For his part, Burita confirmed that this global meeting intends to discuss “many global and global issues, with particular attention to Africa, a continent that has not yet taken the place it deserves in terms of collective action and global mobilization.”

In this regard, the minister added that “the choice of the Kingdom of Morocco and, in particular, the historic city of Fez to host the ninth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations is not accidental.”

The ninth United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Global Forum will take place in an extremely challenging global environment marked by a wide range of global issues ranging from the rise of violent extremism, terrorism, xenophobia, hate speech, racism, discrimination and radicalism.

Therefore, the search for ways of peace, unity and solidarity based on mutual respect, human dignity and compassion is more relevant than ever.

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