Blinken tangier conference

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken praised, on 10 June 2022 in Tangier, the efforts of Morocco and Project Aladdin in building bridges between cultures and fighting racism and fanaticism.

In a video message broadcast during the inaugural session of the Tangier Dialogue, organized by the Aladdin project in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, U.S. Secretary of State Blinken praised the Moroccan government and the Project Aladdin for their role in building bridges between cultures and in the fight against all forms of racism and fanaticism.

The U.S. Secretary of State stressed the importance of the Tangier Dialogue in strengthening understanding between the West, including the United States, and the countries of the Muslim world.

He stated that “Tangier — a crossroads of cultures and centuries-old hub of knowledge — is the ideal place to reflect on the state of global affairs and relations between peoples.”

Building strong relations between the West and the Muslim world can serve as a "driving force" for positive change and a "solid foundation" for addressing several critical issues in the region, Blinken indicated. These include maintaining peace in conflict zones and enhancing economic opportunities to consolidate freedoms for people of different faiths and address the consequences of climate change, including water and food insecurity, he added. The U.S. Secretary of State also called for programs and policies to ensure development and contribute to a safer, more peaceful and more prosperous world for new generations.

Morocco is one of the founding countries of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in 2005 and Project Aladdin project which was launched in 2009.