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Monday 9 October 2017

Morocco's Embassy in Brussels Protests Against Remarks of Belgian State Secretary for Migration on Human Rights in Morocco

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Morocco's Embassy in Brussels Protests Against Remarks of Belgian State Secretary for Migration on Human Rights in Morocco

The Moroccan embassy in Brussels strongly protested against the remarks of Belgian secretary of state for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken, who mentioned, in an interview published Saturday in the Belgian press, Morocco among "countries where human rights are not respected".

"The embassy of Morocco in Belgium expresses its strong protests and deep indignation following the statements of Belgian secretary of state for Asylum and Migration, Theo Francken," said a clarification addressed to the Belgian Foreign ministry.

It added that the diplomatic representation of the Kingdom stressed that Francken's statements testified to "a proven lack of knowledge of the mechanisms of cooperation and permanent dialogue between the two countries on all subjects.”

These statements "are politically unacceptable and totally inappropriate,” the same source noted.

The embassy considers that this kind of "hazardous, provocative and untimely” statements is regrettable from a member of the Belgian government, while the very close relations between the two countries have reached "an exceptional degree of density at all levels thanks to a multifaceted cooperation and strong friendship ties.”

It also recalled that the steps taken by Morocco in consolidating the rule of law and respect for human rights are clearly evident and are now recognized and praised at all levels, by the Kingdom of Belgium, the European Union and the international community as a whole.

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