Under the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), the Lieutenant General, Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces and Commander of the South Zone received on November 30, at the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) headquarters in Rabat, the United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations, Jean Pierre Lacroix.
The United Nations (UN) official arrived in Morocco on November 29 at the head of a United Nations delegation, for a two-day working visit.
It should be recalled that Lacroix held a meeting on November 29 with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita.
On this occasion, Lacroix, on his first official visit to Morocco, expressed his sincere gratitude to Morocco for its long-standing commitment and extensive contribution to the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations.
Lacroix praised the tireless efforts made by the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), under the Very High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, serving under the aegis of the United Nations (UN), as part of the peacekeeping missions they carry out with selflessness, dedication, and commitment, particularly in Africa.
The UN official also commended Morocco’s highly-appreciated role in all negotiation processes concerning the reform of the peacekeeping architecture initiated by United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG), António Guterres.
“Morocco’s contribution and support to peacekeeping operations are fundamental,” stated the UN official, noting that the Kingdom is one of the strongest peacekeeping partners, particularly for its constant contribution and support to the initiatives aimed at promoting peacekeeping and offering responses adapted to evolving crises.
The United Nations official stressed that Morocco’s “exceptional” contribution to peacekeeping operations comes with a price, paying tribute to the 60 Moroccans who passed away while serving within the United Nations (UN) missions.
“We are focusing on the future with Morocco,” stated Lacroix, shedding light on the current challenges facing the UN in its peacekeeping operations. “It is up to us to address these challenges together,” underlined the UN official, expressing his confidence that the Moroccan contribution to these efforts will be extremely important and decisive.