Presidents of African Parliaments participating in the Parliamentary Conference on Interfaith Dialogue, hailed in Marrakech the pioneering and undeniable role of HM King Mohammed VI in serving the interests of the continent.
The Speakers of the House of Representatives, Rachid Talbi El Alami, and of the House of Councillors, Enaam Mayara, held talks, on the sidelines of the work of the Conference, with the President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Eswatini, Lindiwe Dlamini, the President of the National Assembly of Tanzania, Tulia Ackson as well as with the President of the Senate of the Republic of Burundi, Emmanuel Sinzohagera.
In a statement to the press following these talks, the President of the Senate of Eswatini hailed the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI for granting His High Patronage to this conference, welcoming the “fantastic” work carried out by the two Chambers of Parliament alongside the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IUP) and its secretariat to make this meeting a real success.
This conference has an important aspect, which is to establish a dialogue between religions and civilizations, Ms. Dlamini said, saying that people are all united, regardless of their religion, and should therefore show tolerance, respect and of trust in the other.
For his part, Mr. Sinzohagera of Burundi hailed, in a similar statement, the “proven” leadership of HM the King “for having facilitated the holding of this august assembly”, which brings together parliamentarians, religious leaders, experts and members of civil society.
“Morocco and Burundi have ties of brotherhood and friendship that date back a very long time,” he recalled.
For her part, the Speaker of the Tanzanian National Assembly told the press that her talks with Messrs. Talbi El Alami and Mayara focused on the existing collaboration and cooperation between Rabat and Dodoma, but also on the cooperation between the parliaments of the two countries, referring to the role that the two Parliaments can play in strengthening bilateral relations.
Organized by the IPU with the Parliament of Morocco, in partnership with “Religions for Peace” and with the support of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Rabita Mohammadia of the Ulemas, this conclave was attended by parliamentarians, religious leaders, representatives of civil society who will engage in constructive dialogue and exchange best practices to resolve the main problems hindering sustainable coexistence.
This international conference, initiated under the theme “Interfaith dialogue: collaborating for our common future”, reflects the important and multiple roles played by the national legislative institution, which is inspired by the millennial history of the Kingdom, rich in key episodes and strong examples of religious tolerance and coexistence.