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Rabat: French members of the civil society meet Mr Boussouf at the CCME

Sunday, 02 October 2016

Mr. Abdellah Boussouf, Secretary General of the Council of the Moroccan Community Abroad (CCME), received Friday, September 30, 2016 the council in Rabat, a french civil society group from the city of Alsace (Strasbourg).

Mr. Boussouf explained the goal of the CCME, a consultative and  and prospective institution which tries to respond to the expectations of almost 4 million Moroccans living abroad » (80%, live in Europe and 1.5 million in France).

The secretary general talked about his personal experience as  a migrant and student saying: « Strasbourg, is a a land where I met people who knew what listening to one another meant». He added : that one of his most memorable moments in the city of Alsace was that  "as Muslims, we prayed in a church and we had the support of Christians and Jews to build the Great Mosque of Strasbourg."

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"These moments are part of the history of all the peopople of the city of Alsace and we all have the duty to safeguard this memory," he said.

He further  said that "the history of the Kingdom through the centuries shows that Morocco has historically been a key to peace » for the simple reason that it has a plural identity which its arabic and muslim, Amazigh and Hassani, enriched by  African, Andalusian, Jewish and Mediterranean" as written in the preamble of the 2011 Constitution.

Mr Boussouf then pointed out the problems that the young immigrants face in Europe and said that there would be no solution to those problems if both  sides (Euroeans and Moroccans) did’nt work togetether, especially on religious matters". He reminded the group, that Morocco and France have already signed an agreement for the training of French imams in the Institute Mohammed VI in Rabat. He continued by saying the institute’s actions are a policy of solidarity between  the Kingdom and numerous countries. He gave the example of Malian imams who already benefited from the religieous training and added that the Kingdom continues to receive requests from several countries in the world.

At the end of the meeting, Mr Boussouf ,said that the migration issue is a priority for His Majesty the King who is always aware of the way  Moroccans living abroad are handling their live in their societies. And reminded again that His Majesty’s struggle against terror and extremism should never be forgotten. To reinforce that idea, he gave the example of the 20 August 2016 speech where His Majesty deconstructed with maestria extremism and fanarism. 

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