Morocco's pragmatic approach to foreign relations

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

The Kingdom of Morocco adopts a very pragmatic approach in terms of its interaction with the rest of the world. Morocco, aware of its strategic location and leading role in the African-Middle Eastern region, attaches a great importance to the diversification of partners, and a special interest to global issues.

Ambassador Medrek will shed lights throughout this lecture on the determinants and main orientations of Morocco’s foreign policy in a chaotic and turbulent region all over the last decade. In this regard, He will analyse how the Kingdom pledges to spark inclusive development across the African continent within the scope of South-South Cooperation.

Mr Karim Medrek, a career diplomat, was nominated in 2016 as Ambassador of His Majesty the King to Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu with residence in Canberra.

Prior to this nomination, Mr. Medrek has been Director/First Assistant Secretary in charge of Communication, Public Diplomacy and Non‐State Actors within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation since March 24, 2009. Having graduated from the ‘Ecole Nationale d’Administration’ and then from the Institute of Management in Atlanta USA (1990) with a degree in international negotiations, Mr. Medrek began his career at the United Nations and International Organisations Branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. Mr. Medrek served at the Moroccan Embassy in London, from September 1991 to 1998, as the Economic and Commercial Counsellor, and also in charge of International Organisations.

In August 2000, Mr. Medrek joined the Permanent Mission of Morocco to the United Nations in New York as the Counsellor in charge of the Committee on Legal Affairs. During his mission in New York, Mr. Karim Medrek also ensured the Vice‐Chairmanship of the ad hoc Committee on Jurisdictional Immunities of States and their Property from February 2001 through February 2004. In the same vein, Mr Medrek was elected, in October 2003, Rapporteur of the UN Legal Committee, then Chairman of the Committee on the Charter of the United Nations and on the Strengthening of the Role of the Organisation in February 2008.

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