HM King Mohammed VI to Grant One Million Dollars for the Benefit of Yemeni People

His Majesty King Mohammed VI has ordered the provision of one million dollars for the benefit of Yemeni people, as a contribution from Morocco within international solidarity efforts to help the country.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, announced yesterday, March 1st, in Rabat, that His Majesty King Mohammed VI has ordered the provision of one million dollars for the benefit of Yemeni people, as a contribution from Morocco within international solidarity efforts to help the country.

In a speech during a high-level meeting on the annual Humanitarian Response Plan for Yemen, Bourita stressed that the Kingdom of Morocco, under the leadership of the King, has always emphasized the need to give utmost importance to the humanitarian aspect, given its vital role for Yemeni civilians, and that the humanitarian crisis in this country can only be resolved by finding a comprehensive and sustainable political solution that preserves Yemen’s unity and sovereignty, according to well-known terms of reference, especially UN Security Council resolutions, namely Resolution 2216.

The minister also warned that the continuous absence of a political horizon for the crisis, as well as the imposition of a de-facto policy, will inevitably exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Yemen, which is currently witnessing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis classified as the largest in the world; about millions of displaced people, in addition to many others in need of food and medicine.

In this regard, Bourita considered that there is an urgent need to fight the specter of famine that is threatening 16 million Yemenis, expected to reach 22 million (equivalent to 75 percent of the population), in light of the escalating war, highlighting that this situation requires a broader international solidarity effort that is not limited to certain countries which have provided and are still providing generous aid that has prevented the worst from occurring.

Bourita renewed Morocco’s support for the efforts of UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, and his tireless efforts to reach an agreement on the joint declaration that includes a comprehensive ceasefire, and resuming of political consultations as soon as possible, in addition to humanitarian arrangements to alleviate the suffering of Yemeni people due to the conflict.

Moreover, the minister praised the role of the United Nations agencies in delivering humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people, and demanded that they be able to carry out their work without hindrance, noting that relief aid has enabled these agencies operating in Yemen, temporarily, to reduce the burden of famine and diseases that lie in wait for Yemenis.

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