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Together, King Mohammed VI and President Hollande Vow to Fight Against Climate Change and Islamic Radicalization
Contact: K. Drawi, 240-994-6416
 
ROCKVILLE, Md., Sept. 21, 2015 /Standard Newswire/ -- French president François Hollande paid a friendship and working visit to Morocco on September 19-20, 2015 at the invitation of HM King Mohammed VI
 
On this occasion, the two Heads of State held official talks and chaired several official activities aimed at consolidating bilateral cooperation.
 
On the first day of the visit, the French president inaugurated with HM King Mohammed VI in Tangiers, the workshop for high speed trains maintenance, a project that would promote the transfer of technologies and know-how between the two countries.
 
The following day, King Mohammed VI and President Hollande signed a joint statement on the climate change "the Tangiers' Call". The Tangiers' Call, which follows the Manila Call (the Philippines) and the Fort-de-France Call, rings the alarm bell concerning the urgency to take a solidarity-based and strong action in favor of climate and the need to act quickly, soundly and collectively to fight climate change.
 
The Tangiers' Call recalls that Morocco and France are committed to sparing no effort to work for the adoption, during the Paris conference, of a legally-binding universal, global, sustainable, and balanced agreement, based on the UN framework agreement on climate change and allowing to curb global warming under 2 degree Celsius and achieve a carbon-free economy.
 
Morocco and France, which will assume the presidency of the upcoming COP21 and COP22, call for seizing the occasion of the Paris and Marrakech conferences to speed up the transition towards a green global economy, reconciling legitimate aspirations for development with the pressing need for resources' sustainability and the reduction of environmental risks.
 
The two Heads of State also launched, at the Gueznaya urban commune (Tangiers-Assilah prefecture), the building works of the Institute of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Training Jobs (IFMEREE).
 
Worth 95 million dirhams, this pilot project will help support the national energy strategy launched by Morocco in 2009 and which seeks, through the development of solar and wind energy projects, to bring the share of renewable energy in the total installed electric capacity to 42% by the year 2020, curb greenhouse gas emissions and slash the consumption of conventional energy sources.
 
In addition to climate change, counter-terrorism and the fight against radicalization were on the top of the agenda for both countries. France and Morocco signed a joint statement on cooperation in the training of imams at the Mohammed VI Institute which was inaugurated in March 2015 by Morocco's King Mohammed VI in the capital, Rabat.
 
The religious training center aims to instill the values of Morocco's open, moderate form of Islam, based on the Maliki rite and Sunni Sufism, in the next generation of Muslim religious leaders (imams) and preachers (morchidines and morchidates) from across the region and the world.
 
The center is considered as a key element in Morocco's ongoing efforts to promote religious moderation and tolerance as a shield against extremism in the region.