King Mohammed VI of Morocco adressed the nation in a televised speech and indicated that the Kingdom has been recently targeted by attacks planned and hatched by some countries and organizations known for their hostility towards the Kingdom, a country steeped in history. The King added that these countries concocted a full-fledged campaign to distort the image of Moroccan security institutions and undermine their usefulness and effectiveness in preserving Morocco’s security and stability.
“Morocco is a target because it is a country steeped in history – it has existed for more than twelve centuries, not to mention the nation’s longstanding Amazigh history – and it is governed by a citizen-based monarchy which has existed for more than four centuries, and which is rooted in a solid bond between the throne and the people,” said the Sovereign in a speech he delivered Friday evening on the celebration of the 68th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People.
The Royal speech actually comes at the end of an unprecedented episode of fallacious accusations to which Morocco responded with firmness to thwart all tendencies that aim to destabilize it or to discredit its action and its position.
The King made it clear that Morocco is also a target because of the security and stability and the sterling reputation and indisputable prestige it enjoys. “These are invaluable assets, especially in light of the upheavals characterizing today’s world,” the Sovereign said, noting that “the Kingdom also has a solid network of relationships and connections and is a trustworthy, credible nation at the regional and international levels.”
Like some other countries of the Arab Maghreb Union, Morocco is the target of deliberate, hostile attacks, the King insisted, adding that the enemies of the Kingdom’s territorial integrity build their positions on ready-made, yet obsolete, premises and do not want Morocco to remain free, strong and influential.
Regrettably, a few countries, especially European ones, which are traditional partners, fear for their economic interests, markets and spheres of influence in the Maghreb region, he went on to say, noting that some of their leaders fail to understand that the problem does not lie in the systems of Maghreb countries, but in their own.
“These are systems which continue to feed on the past and cannot stay abreast of new developments. Recent months have shown that these countries are facing significant inadequacies when it comes to respecting the state’s institutions and its basic, traditional functions,” King Mohammed VI stated further.
“Therefore, they want us to become like them. And to that end, they invoke unfounded pretexts and accuse our national institutions of failing to uphold rights and freedoms in order to tarnish their reputation and try to undermine the esteem and great respect enjoyed by our country,” the king pointed out in his speech.