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|65th Anniversary of the Visit of Late HM Mohammed V to M'Hamid El Ghizlane: Commemorating the Glorious Struggle Against Foreign Occupation

The Moroccan people celebrated, Saturday, the 65th anniversary of the visit of the late HM Mohammed V to M'Hamid El Ghizlane, carried out on February 25, 1958, during which the late Sovereign had received the Shioukhs and representatives of Sahrawi tribes who came to renew their allegiance.

This landmark event, with deep meanings, is an opportunity for the Moroccan people and the family of the resistance and the liberation army to commemorate a glorious epic of the national struggle against foreign occupation and to reaffirm their constant mobilization in favor of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom.
This visit was a clear expression of the symbiosis between the Moroccan people and the glorious Alaouite throne for the recovery of independence and its stolen territories, said a statement from the Office of the High Commissioner for former resistance fighters and former members of the Liberation Army.

It is also an opportunity to reiterate the constant mobilization of the Moroccan people for the consecration of national achievements and the defense of the territorial integrity of the Kingdom, as well as its attachment to the Moroccan initiative of autonomy of the southern provinces.

This communion had been illustrated by the late HM Mohammed V, during his speech to the Moroccan people delivered before the inhabitants of M'hamid El Ghizlane, in which the late Sovereign said: "We solemnly proclaim that we will continue our action for the return of our Sahara within the framework of the respect of our historical rights and according to the will of its inhabitants".

Similarly, the late HM Hassan II had explained, in a speech delivered during his visit to M'hamid El Ghizlane on April 11, 1981, the implications of the visit of his august father, as well as the deep historical significance of this glorious national event.

As soon as he returned from exile, on November 16, 1955, and after the proclamation of Morocco's independence, the late HM Mohammed V had affirmed his determination to rebuild the national entity on the basis of the integration of the country's regions and provinces and the annihilation of the chimerical borders inherited from colonization.

Only a few days before his visit to Ouarzazate and Zagora, late HM Mohammed V delivered, on February 16, 1958, a speech in Arbaoua in which he had noted that "Our symbolic coming shows that the north and south will remain only geographical concepts to give way to the unified Morocco.

This event embodies both the age-old bonds of allegiance between the Moroccan sovereigns and the populations of these beloved regions of the country and the solidity of the sacred pact that has always linked the glorious Alaouite throne to the Moroccan people.

The inhabitants of the Kingdom's southern regions have always shown an unwavering attachment to their religion, homeland and King, while showing their willingness, like their compatriots in other parts of the Kingdom, to sacrifice and fight against the colonizer.

The battles fought in the south of the country by the liberation army, spearheaded by the young Saharawis, are written in gold letters on the glorious pages of the history of the national struggle for independence.

The fighting of the liberation army was an opportunity for the people of the southern provinces to reiterate their mobilization and their willingness to sacrifice as their forefathers, who have perpetuated the tradition of national struggle, including during the battle of Bougafer in 1933.

Morocco reaped the fruits of this tenacious and continuous struggle with the recovery of Tarfaya, April 15, 1958, and Sidi Ifini, June 30, 1969, thanks to the farsighted policy of the late HM Hassan II, the architect of the Green March in 1975.

Following the path traced by His illustrious ancestors, HM King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, continues the march to defend the territorial integrity of the Kingdom and to consecrate the Moroccanity of the Southern provinces.

The family of former resistance fighters and former members of the Liberation Army reiterates, on the occasion of this 65th anniversary, its unwavering commitment to the territorial integrity of the Kingdom, as well as to the Moroccan autonomy plan of the southern provinces.

-News on Western Sahara issue/Corcas-

2/27/2023   Back Print

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