Morocco takes part in 16th ministerial meeting of “5+5” defense initiative
The meeting was an opportunity to review what has been accomplished this year thanks to the defense cooperation between the ten countries of the two shores of the Mediterranean. These countries are France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Malta, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania
Addressing the meeting, Abdeltif Loudyi, Minister Delegate for National Defense Administration, commended cooperation ties existing between members of the initiative and the achievements made in cyber-defense thanks to the exchange of information, expertise and the protection of the information systems.
The Moroccan minister also tackled the issues of illegal migration and terrorism, saying that these issues can be addressed through a comprehensive and collaborative approach based on shared responsibility.
He on the other hand hailed the contributions and valuable support provided by military doctors, nurses and medical staff in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
Touching on the Libyan crisis, Mr. Loudyi underlined that Morocco supports the efforts of the UN and the international community for the stability, territorial integrity and peace of this country.
The meeting issued a joint declaration praising the contribution of the armed forces of member states in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic, terrorism and organized crime. Participants also adopted an action plan for the year 2021.
Member countries of the “5 +5 Defense Initiative” pledge to foster security cooperation in the Western Mediterranean and address common concerns in the field of defense.