The Moroccan government has reaffirmed its firm commitment to the stability, peace and socioeconomic development of the Sahel region, which is facing major security challenges, political instability and food crisis.
During the 1st ministerial meeting of the International Coalition for the Sahel, held lately via videoconference, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said the North African Kingdom has been involved in all battles engaged for the Sahel and with the Sahel.
The Moroccan approach is based on a vision outlined by King Mohammed VI giving priority to security, human development and training, added the minister, stressing the importance of the stability of the Sahel.
Morocco has always offered its solid experience in intelligence and counterterrorism to its partners at the regional and international levels, he said, noting that this experience is now “recognized and appreciated by all allies, brothers and friends of the Kingdom”.
Morocco supports the setting up of G5 Sahel Defense College in Nouakchott and receives annually 203 trainees in its military establishments, recalled Mr. Bourita.
The Royal Armed Forces provide support beyond our region and are notably placed at the disposal of the School of Peacekeeping Alioune Blondin Beye to deliver short modules, underlined the minister.
He went on to say that human development is one of the leverage tools in the fight against terrorism, and that the extremists exploit the poverty, unemployment and lack of education of vulnerable people.
This is why investing in socio-economic and human development makes societies more resilient to terrorism, affirmed the minister, stressing the importance of training and education in the promotion of a tolerant and moderate Islam against the threat of extremism.
He cited in this regard, Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams, Murshideen and Murshidat (male and female preachers). This landmark center, which provides religious training to Imams from several African countries, mostly from ECOWAS region, promotes the genuine Islamic values of tolerance and moderation in Africa and worldwide.