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Statement by Secretary Clinton on the Constitutional Referendum in Morocco

The United States welcomes Morocco’s July 1 constitutional referendum. We support the Moroccan people and leaders in their efforts to strengthen the rule of law, raise human rights standards, promote good governance, and work toward long-term democratic reform that incorporates checks and balances. We look forward to the full implementation of the new constitution as a step toward the fulfillment of the aspirations and rights of all Moroccans.

 


FACT SHEET: Transition and Reform in Morocco

In this moment of profound change in the region, the United States supports Morocco’s efforts to promote ongoing democratic development through constitutional, judicial, and political reforms. In March 2011, King Mohamed VI promised comprehensive reforms that would guarantee free parliamentary elections, create an independent judiciary, and assure that human rights are upheld for all. These initiatives build on other meaningful reforms in Morocco that include increased rights for women and youth and universal access to free education. We recognize the King’s effort to respond to citizens’ demands, and we urge continuing and rapid implementation of these crucial reforms. Morocco has made significant achievements in the economic, social, and political realms, and can demonstrate its regional leadership by pursuing further democratic reforms. We value Morocco as a strategic partner, and we will work with the people and government of Morocco to realize their democratic aspirations.

Public Diplomacy and Diplomatic Outreach

The United States engages the Moroccan government at all levels to support the reforms announced by King Mohamed VI and encourage their swift implementation. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with the Foreign Minister of Morocco in March 2011 to discuss a number of bilateral and multilateral issues; the “Arab Spring” was at the forefront of their conversation.

We continue to voice support for Morocco’s reforms, and their implementation, through domestic and foreign press outlets. We use public diplomacy programs to promote dialogue, engage Morocco’s vibrant civil society, encourage a responsible media, and increase understanding of democratic values.

Democracy and Governance Support We are working with the people and government of Morocco to support their efforts to further consolidate the rule of law, raise human rights standards, promote good governance, empower youth, and work toward meaningful, long-term constitutional reform.

The United States holds a robust and ongoing dialogue on human rights and political freedoms with the Moroccan government, and works in partnership with the Moroccan government on promotion of the rule of law and justice sector reform.

 


Morocco: Announcement by King Mohammed VI

Press Statement
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC

The United States welcomes the announcement by King Mohammed VI outlining his pledge to ongoing democratic development through constitutional, judicial and political reforms. This is a moment of profound change in the region and under the leadership of King Mohamed VI Morocco has made significant achievements in the economic, social and political realms.

We fully support the aspirations of the Moroccan people in their efforts to further consolidate the rule of law, raise human rights standards, promote good governance and work toward long-term constitutional reform. The United States values Morocco as a key strategic partner and we stand ready to work with the government and the people of Morocco to realize their democratic aspirations

 
 

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