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Wednesday 27 September 2017

FM Receives Egyptian Candidate for UNESCO Director-general Position

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FM Receives Egyptian Candidate for UNESCO Director-general Position

Moroccan minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, received, Wednesday in Rabat, the Egyptian candidate for the position of director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Moushira Khattab, who is on a visit to Morocco.

In a statement to the press at the end of the meeting, Bourita described as "frank and fruitful" the discussions with the former Egyptian diplomat, noting that for Morocco, UNESCO "is going through a very critical phase marked by the pressure on its financial resources, the increasing politicization of its agenda and a lag in relation to the expectations of the member states and its mission."

He said the vote for the position of UNESCO director-general should be made with a view to restoring trust in the organization, refocusing it on its core mission and improving its financial situation, adding that Morocco is "convinced" that Khattab presents a clear vision and work program for the organization.

For her part, Khattab said her meeting with Bourita was "fruitful", stressing that "UNESCO suffers from a flagrant politicization and a shortage of its financial resources at a time when the world needs a strong organization to combat terrorism, fundamentalism and the recruitment of young people, through education, culture, science and a culture based on respect and communication with others.”

The Egyptian candidate also stressed that her vision for UNESCO is supported by her diplomatic experience and her ability to "narrow the gap between expectations and what the UN can offer,” adding that the aim is to work so that UNESCO becomes a "strong, transparent, efficient organization that is able to fulfill its missions.”

Khattab said she is proud to represent both Egypt and the African Union, stressing that the AU "has become stronger” after the return of the Kingdom to this regional grouping.

She also hailed Morocco's contribution to the second AU decision supporting her candidacy, paving the way for African countries to mobilize support from other geographical groupings.

"We heavily rely on the active role of Morocco within UNESCO," she said.