Morocco Shares Goals of Global Coalition Against Daesh, Calls for Comprehensive Approach to Combat Terrorism
Morocco shares the goals of the Global Coalition against Daesh and remains convinced that the transnational nature of this terrorist threat requires "a comprehensive, cooperative and united approach to all levels," said, Tuesday in Kuwait, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.
Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh, Bourita stressed that "Morocco, which shares the goals of the Coalition, is working at all levels to bring about an international response commensurate with the threat ahead,” praising the intention of this Coalition to mobilize all available levers to combat this entity wherever it is, beyond the Syrian-Iraqi zone.
In this regard, the minister said that the Kingdom had developed, under the enlightened leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, a multidimensional, global, anticipatory and effective strategy to combat terrorism and any form of radicalization, noting that this strategy, which is based on an evolving and adequate institutional and legal architecture, integrates the security dimension, while helping to promote, in a complementary manner, economic growth and social and human development, as well as the preservation of cultural and religious identity and strengthening of the rule of law.
This strategy has resulted in the successful dismantling of numerous terrorist cells targeting not only Morocco but also its neighborhood, and in curbing the flow of Moroccan fighters to the Syrian-Iraqi zone, Bourita added, noting that this success has earned the Kingdom international recognition as a stable partner and a genuine vector of security.
Furthermore, Morocco, the current co-chair with the Netherlands of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF), which has 30 of the most internationally active members in the fight against terrorism, has been re-elected to a second mandate until 2020, said the minister, underlining Morocco's commitment to promoting numerous initiatives on key dimensions of the fight against terrorism.
Bourita also stressed the importance for the Coalition to consolidate the military and security achievements against Daesh by depriving the forces of this terrorist organization of any freedom of movement and drying up any source of potential funding.
In this regard, he called for a mobilization of energies to immunize "our youth by offering them a mobilizing alternative that meets their legitimate aspirations for well-being and development".
The minister also urged the members of the Coalition to pay attention to the evolution of the situation in Africa, which is affected by the return of several thousand individuals who fought within Daesh and to the development of connections with criminal networks.
Africa, which remains one of the first targets of terrorist attacks, has already taken up its responsibilities to tackle and eradicate the terrorist threat, its ideological underpinnings and socio-economic origins, said Bourita, calling for the support of African efforts in this regard through a holistic approach and a global, multifaceted and structured action of the Coalition.