MARRAKECH--The time has come for Africa to handle migration in a spirit of full solidarity, says Morocco's Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, Mounia Boucetta.

"This is the way to improve the fate of African migrants on African soil and to give credibility to our discourse vis-A�-vis our European and international partners," she said Tuesday at the opening of the High-Level Officials Meeting preceding the 5th Euro-African Ministerial Conference on Migration and Sustainable Development to be held Wednesday in Marrakech.

In this regard, Boucetta called on Africa's European partners to do more to support African countries in their efforts to handle migration. "No country can cope with migration alone," she said, stressing the need for a comprehensive approach to maximize the benefits of migration.

She also underlined the importance of an African migration agenda at a time when statistics reveal that four out of five migrants remain on the continent. In this context, Boucetta recalled that Morroc's King Mohammed VI had presented during the 30th Summit of the African Union a document including the outlines of an African Agenda for Migration designed according to an inclusive and participatory approach.

She added that the King had notably proposed the creation of an African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Migration position to co-ordinate the AU's policies in this area and an African Migration Observatory.

Its mission will be to develop observation and information exchange between African countries in order to promote a controlled management of migratory flows, she said, noting that Morocco proposes to host this Observatory.

"As a country of origin, transit and destination, the Kingdom of Morocco attaches equal importance to all the pillars of our dialogue while prioritizing the examination of the root causes of migration flows and their multiple connections with other crucial themes on the multilateral agenda, such as the environment, health and education," she pointed out.


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