The Moroccan people celebrate tomorrow, Thursday, with pride, the 66th anniversary of the Independence Day, an indelible and landmark date in the building of modern Morocco.
This anniversary comes after the initiatives and speeches by HM King Mohammed VI which have determined a year full of diplomatic successes accumulated by Morocco in favor of strengthening its territorial integrity and the final settlement of the artificial conflict maintained by the opponents of this integrity for over 45 years.
These include the acceleration of the opening of consulates of brotherly and friendly countries in the southern provinces, the recognition by the United States of the Moroccan Sahara, culminating in the adoption by the Security Council of Resolution 2602.
The other highlight of this year full of positive developments was the great democratic general elections of September 8, 2021, which saw once again the massive participation of citizens of the Moroccan Sahara, like their fellow citizens of other regions of the Kingdom, to vote as they have always done, to elect their representatives to the various local, regional and national bodies.
The celebration of the Independence Day was preceded, on Tuesday, by the celebration of the 66th anniversary of the return from exile of the Father of the Nation, the late HM Mohammed V and members of the Royal Family, a glorious step in the history of the struggle for independence of Morocco which embodies the deep links between the Throne and the people.
In fact, the return from exile of the late HM Mohammed V, which lasted two years, two months and 27 days in Ajaccio in Corsica and Antsirabe in Madagascar, was a glorious moment, reflecting the perfect symbiosis between the glorious Alawite Throne and the people and heralding the advent of the era of liberation from the yoke of colonialism.
It also crowns a long period of struggle led by the Moroccan people following the decision of the forces of the protectorate to impose, manu militari, on the late His Majesty Mohammed V, symbol of the dignity of a whole people, to leave His country in order to isolate him and to reduce the strength of the links which united him to His people and to the National Movement.
This date also marks a decisive turning point in the history of the Cherifian Kingdom. A page of the Kingdom's history was turned to initiate another one, that of the construction and the building of a modern Morocco resolutely turned towards the future.
November 18, 1955, the Father of the Nation, with the Crown Prince and his companion in the struggle, the late HM King Hassan II, declared: "We are delighted to be able to announce the end of the tutelage and protectorate regime and the advent of an era of freedom and independence", announcing, at the same time, that the Moroccan people are moving from the battle of the "small Jihad" to that of the "big Jihad".
His successor , His Majesty King Hassan II continued building the country and completing the territorial integrity of the Kingdom, with the recovery of Sidi Ifni in 1969 and the Southern provinces through the glorious Green March in 1975.
Worthy successor of the worthy predecessor, His Majesty King Mohammed VI continues the march of this great jihad with determination and dedication, by setting the defense of the Kingdom's territorial integrity as a top priority and by placing socio-economic development at the heart of His concerns, through the opening of vast reform projects covering all fields.