Morocco stressed, on August 22 in Addis Ababa, before the Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU) the vital importance of early warning in the prevention of emerging security threats.
Intervening at an online meeting of the Peace and Security Council (PSC) on continental perspectives in early warning and security, the Moroccan delegation stressed that the Kingdom encourages the establishment of effective mechanisms for information exchange between African countries.
The Moroccan delegation recalled that the 2nd High-Level Meeting of Heads of Counter-Terrorism and Security Agencies in Africa, also known as the Marrakech Platform, held on June 2 and 3 in Tangier, served as a forum for exchange and reflection for over 25 countries and international organizations, to concretize joint African action against terrorist threats.
The delegation added that the Marrakech Platform, launched in 2022, had brought real added value to the regional and multilateral counter-terrorism structure, noting that this platform is also a framework for dialogue between anti-terrorism agencies to better identify, analyze, and prevent terrorist threats in Africa.
The Moroccan delegation also reiterated Morocco’s commitment to playing a mobilizing and facilitating role for a better understanding of the terrorist threat in Africa, to stop the bloodshed and place the efforts of African countries in countering terrorism in an alternative aimed at achieving adapted and effective African responses over the long term.
In this regard, the delegation stressed that terrorism remains a growing threat that transcends borders, cultures, and ideologies, pointing out that while terrorist activity is declining in other parts of the world, it is increasing alarmingly in Africa.
The Moroccan delegation also emphasized that the fight against drug trafficking, money laundering, and terrorism funding is also an essential component in the quest for stability and security on the African continent, stressing that the collusion between groups involved in illicit activities and small arms and light weapons (SALW) considerably aggravates the terrorist threat in the region.
The delegation affirmed that Morocco is aware of the urgency of adopting a global, holistic, and coordinated approach to counter such dangerous links and promote an effective response that takes into account the socio-economic and cultural realities of local communities.