HM King Mohammed VI on Friday delivered a speech to the Nation on the occasion of the 68th anniversary of the Revolution of the King and the People. Here follows the full text of the royal speech:
“Praise be to God, May peace and blessings be uponthe Prophet, His Kith and Kin
Dear Citizens, There is no better occasion to remember the values of loyalty and of sacrifice for the sake of the homeland’s freedom and independence than the commemoration of the Revolution of the King and the People.
This is more than just a historical event. It is an ongoing revolution which has inspired successive generations, celebrating the same spirit of truepatriotism and eagerness to defend the homeland, itsinstitutions and sacred values. This commemorationfalls a matter of days before the elections. It alsocoincides with the launch of a new set of projects and reforms that will be carried out within the frameworkof the new development model and the national charter for development.
The upcoming general, regional and local electionswill be held on the same day, a fact which attests to the vibrancy of the country’s democratic experienceand the maturity of the Moroccan political system. Dear Citizens,
Elections are not an end in themselves. Rather, theyare a means to set up credible institutions that serve the citizens’ interests and defend the nation’s causes. I believe a state’s strength comes from institutions and from the unity and cohesion of the nation’scomponents. That is our weapon for the defense of our country in times of adversity, crisis or threats.
This was clearly confirmed by the carefully plannedattacks mounted recently against Morocco by somecountries and organizations known for their hostilitytowards our country. Morocco is a target because it isa country steeped in history – it has existed for more than twelve centuries, not to mention the nation’slongstanding 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 solidbond between the throne and the people.
Morocco is also a target because of the security and stability it enjoys; these are invaluable assets, especially in light of the upheavals characterizingtoday’s world. Nevertheless, and by the grace of the Almighty, Morocco enjoys a sterling reputation and indisputable prestige. It also has a solid network of relationships and connections and is a trustworthy, credible nation at the regional and international levels.
Dear Citizens, Like some other countries of the Arab Maghreb Union, Morocco is the target of deliberate, hostile attacks.
The enemies of the Kingdom’s territorial integritybuild their positions on ready-made, yet obsolete, premises. They simply 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.
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 whichcontinue to feed on the past and cannot stay abreastof new developments. Recent months have shownthat these countries are facing significantinadequacies when it comes to respecting the state’sinstitutions and its basic, traditional functions. 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 rightsand freedoms in order to tarnish their reputation and try to undermine the esteem and great respect enjoyed by our country.
They do not want to recognize that the rules of the game have changed – that our countries are able to manage their own affairs and use their energies and resources for the benefit of their peoples.
Thus, all possible means – legal and otherwise – have been used, roles assigned and tremendous resourcesleveraged to embroil Morocco in problems and disputes with some countries. In fact, some reports have really crossed the line. Instead of calling for Morocco’s efforts for balanced development in the region to be supported, they made recommendationsto impede Morocco’s progress, arguing that itsdevelopment creates an imbalance among Maghreb countries.
Furthermore, they concocted a full-fledged campaignto distort the image of our security institutions and undermine their usefulness and effectiveness in preserving Morocco’s security and stability. Theseinstitutions also provide support and coordinateaction at the regional and international levels, as acknowledged by a number of those countries themselves. And since every cloud has a silver lining, the plots hatched by the enemies of our territorial integrity only enhance Moroccans‘ faith and theirresolve to continue defending their homeland and itsinterests.
Whether those parties like it or not, we shall continue on the path we have chosen for ourselves, despite the enemies’ exasperation and the envy of those who hateus. Dear Citizens,
Some people claim that Morocco is being attackedbecause it has changed its political and strategicdirection, or because of the way it is handling somediplomatic issues. That is simply not the case. Morocco has, indeed, changed, but not in the waythey want it to. Morocco does not accept that its best interests be trampled on. At the same time, mycountry is keen to have strong, constructive and balanced relations, especially with our neighbors.
That same logic is governing our policy todayregarding the relationship with our neighbor, Spain. It is a fact that these relations have recently come up against an unprecedented crisis, which shook mutualtrust and raised many questions as to their future.
However, we have worked with the Spanish side in a composed, clear and responsible way. In addition to the traditional immutable values on which theserelations are based, we are keen, today, to strengthenthem, bearing in mind the need for a commonunderstanding of the two nations’ interests.
In this regard, I have personally and directly followedthe progress of the dialogue and discussions betweenthe two countries. Our goal was not merely to overcome this crisis, but to turn the situation into anopportunity to reconsider the foundations and determinants of these relations.
With a feeling of optimism, I sincerely look forwardto continuing to work with the Spanish governmentand with the Spanish Prime Minister, His ExcellencyMr. Pedro Sanchez, to usher in a new, unprecedentedphase in the relations between the two countries, on the basis of trust, transparency, mutual respect and the fulfillment of obligations. The same commitmentis at the center of the partnership and solidaritybetween Morocco and France, and I personallyentertain solid relations based on friendship and mutual esteem with the French President, HisExcellency Mr. Emmanuel Macron.
Dear Citizens, The Revolution of the King and the People was a watershed in Morocco’s struggle to achieve freedom and independence. Today, we are on the verge of a new phase, which requirescommitment to the spirit of true patriotism in order to rise to internal and external challenges.
I should like to take this opportunity to honor the memory of the nation’s valiant martyrs, particularlythe hero of the liberation, my venerable grandfather, His Majesty King Mohammed V, and his companionin the struggle, my revered father, His Majesty King Hassan II – may they rest in peace. Wassalamualaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.”