Here follows a statement by the Royal Office:
“HM King Mohammed VI granted, today at Rabat royal palace, an audience to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
On this occasion, Guterres expressed to the sovereign his gratitude for the successful organization, in Morocco, of the Intergovernmental Conference on the adoption of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, marked by the adoption of the ‘Marrakesh Pact’.
Guterres noted Morocco’s human rights achievements and its constructive role in terms of south-south cooperation and the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and climate change. The UN chief also lauded the Kingdom’s generous and unwavering commitment to peacekeeping operations, mainly by the important contingents of the royal armed forces deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
The audience also touched on the situation in the Maghreb region and the African continent.
The Moroccan Sahara issue was also discussed in the light of the Geneva round-table meeting on Dec. 5-6. In this regard, the monarch reiterated to Guterres the support of Morocco for efforts made by the secretary general and his personal envoy to reach a final political solution to this regional dispute.
The audience was attended by Miguel Graca, UNSG special assistant, Khassim Diagne, director in UNSG executive office, Fouad Ali El Himma, HM the King’s advisor and Nasser Bourita, foreign minister.”