NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow remarks on the Morocco-NATO partnership at the NATO-Morocco Public Diplomacy Seminar in Rabat:
Ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for welcoming me to your country and for inviting me to this seminar today.
In recent years, Morocco has been a beacon of stability in a region beset with strife. It has gone further than most to thwart the chaos and violence that seized so many countries in North Africa and the Middle East – not through repression, but by embracing reform.
The social, political and economic reforms that have been implemented here have helped this country to chart a course of stability and progress. And you have worked to spread moderate Islam throughout North Africa and the Sahel. Morocco should be commended and it should be proud of the progress it has made so far. And I encourage you to continue along this path of reform.
The Morocco I visit today is strong, confident and moderate. It has close relations with the European Union, strong bilateral relations with several NATO Allies, and it has proved itself to be a solid and reliable partner for NATO…[FULL STORY]