King Mohammed VI’s participation in the event marking the centenary of the Armistice held Sunday in Paris, France, was a tribute to the valiant Moroccan soldiers who fought for the ideals of freedom and peace during World War.
This is according to the Moroccan press, which on Monday, 12 November 2018, reported that the Moroccan monarch attended the international ceremony at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.
The presence of the Moroccan Sovereign, alongside world leaders including Presidents Donald Trump of the United States, Vladimir Putin of Russia and Angela Merkel of Germany, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron, is a strong message to the international community attesting to the kingdom’s commitment to peace and stability in the world, and to its tireless efforts to promote multilateralism and defend the universal values of democracy, freedom and equality, the Daily Le Matin reported.
According to the newspaper, the ceremony was an occasion for remembrance and to recall the sacrifices of all the soldiers who took part in the war, whatever their flag, country, faith or nationality, for the triumph of these universal ideals.
It also offered the opportunity to honour with dignity the many Moroccan victims who have written a page of Moroccan-French history in gold letters and laid the foundations for a great friendship.
Proof of their heroism, the Moroccan regiments, which also fought in the World War 2 (1939-1945), were among the most decorated and distinguished units.
“The commemoration of the Centenary of the Armistice of 11November 1918 invites future generations to better learn from the past so that they do not make the same mistakes and build a safe, prosperous and peaceful future,” the publication added.
It went on: “This is the main objective of the Paris Peace Forum held on the same day as part of this commemoration, which aims to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism and collective action to build the future of humanity in peace.”
Conceived as a response to the rising tensions of the contemporary world, the Forum aimed to be the place for all cooperative advances in the fields of peace and security, environment, development, new technologies and the inclusive economy.
It brought together project leaders from all over the world, political and economic, as well as civil society actors (from private companies, NGOs, foundations, think tanks, media, trade unions, religious representatives, philanthropists, experts, and so on), all stakeholders in global governance.