The Moroccan interior minister said on Thursday that the country’s culture was part of its national identity.
Mali’s culture minister, Abderrahmane Adichie, said Morocco’s national identity was based on its diversity and was rooted in its people.
“Morocco is the cradle of the Arab world, but Morocco is also a place where all of the peoples of the world come to find peace,” Adichee told the Al Jazeera Arabic news channel.
“There is no place in Morocco where you can be more Moroccan than in the interior of the country, the region of Morocco, where we live, the mountains, the valleys, and where we breathe.”
Adichie said Morocco needed to take its cultural heritage seriously, including its history, religion, literature and architecture.
“I would like to say that Morocco is a country where all the peoples can find harmony, because we are all Moroccan, we are Moroccan.
And Morocco is the land of peace,” he said.
The minister was referring to the region’s many mountains, many of which are part of the Moroccan Alps, and its many valleys.
The mountains have long been considered part of Morocco’s identity and the region has been home to some of the greatest monasteries in the world, including St John of Damascus, St Thomas More and St John Chrysostom.
But the mountains have also been the site of violence.
In 2016, a series of attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) killed more than 150 people.
The region has also suffered from a rise in the number of people leaving for Europe, which has led to a shortage of housing and the increasing number of migrants.
“We have to change the culture of the place, and I think that’s what we have to do.
We have to build our own culture,” Adikre said.”
Our culture is what makes us Moroccan, and the culture we build is what gives us the peace and the security we have.”