Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Moroccan Foreign Minister Discusses Arab Spring

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Moroccan Foreign Minister Discusses Arab Spring

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Morocco's Foreign Minister Taieb Fassi Fihri spoke to reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on March 23, following his "very fruitful" meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the State Department. Fihri said they discussed the recent unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, and how Morocco's decision to accelerate its reforms can help promote stability, security and democracy in the region. Secretary Clinton also praised Morocco's King Mohammed VI for advocating international efforts to protect civilians in Libya. Morocco, Fihri noted, is a member of the 22-nation coalition that met in Paris on March 19 to support international action to protect civilians in Libya. Morocco has sent a medical team to the Tunisian-Libyan border.

"There is real hope for the Arab Spring," Fihri said, "but there are also many challenges and risks ahead." His government welcomes a new vision for the Arab world as well as new mechanisms for dialogue. In addition, a coherent action plan to realize the success of transition governments will help avoid difficulties. …

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