Hassan II and the African continent, a royal vision

Hassan II (right) and Mohammed VI (then still crown prince) in Paris, 1976: Photo: AFP

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Casablanca, Morocco (ADV) – Hassan II was king of Morocco for 38 years from 1961 to 1999. Previously called Moulay Hassan as Crown Prince, Hassan II will benefit throughout his life from a huge popular and African support .

The suddenness of his father’s disappearance, the immense pain and the need for support then felt by Moroccans, the coolness and courageous decisions of the Crown Prince, all contributed to Hassan II having a legitimate power which recalls perfectly that of his prestigious predecessor.

Crowned with triumphs that triggered his appearance in each of the cities where he made his official entry, the young sovereign is “on the rise” to moving Morocco towards greater modernisation and development. The latter devoted his circumspect ingenuity, his sense of arbitration, his passion for unity for the good of his country.

“Morocco is a tree whose roots are rooted in Africa but which breathes through its leaves in Europe,” said Hassan II.

Under the reign of King Hassan II, the kingdom’s relationship with Africa was consolidated with all the countries of the continent. Morocco has always been interested in the rest of the continent.

Hassan II played a key role in achieving two main goals for Africa. First, he contributed for the unity of the continent being among the founders of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1963 and, second, he acted for the stability of the whole Africa, with his army deployed on many fronts at a time when the continent was torn by conflicts of all kinds.

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