The US Department of State highlighted Morocco’s leadership in countering terrorism and violent extremism, stressing that Morocco is a close partner of the US on several security issues.
“Morocco is a close partner of the US on several security issues,” stated US State Department Spokesperson, Vedant Patel, recalling that Morocco and the US co-hosted the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition to Defeat Daesh last year in Marrakech with the participation of delegations from 85 countries.
Patel underlined that it was the first time a Coalition ministerial meeting took place in Africa, which “demonstrated our shared focus on countering violent extremism on the continent and preventing organizations like ISIS from spreading their hateful ideologies.”
“Thanks to its role as co-chair of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum and co-chair of the Africa Think Tank within the Global Coalition Against Daesh, Morocco supports the efforts of other partners in Africa to build their counter-terrorism capacities, subsequently strengthening support for the stability of the Sahel region,” added Patel, noting that such support enables these countries to ensure comprehensive security and justice.
In its latest report on terrorism, the US State Department highlighted “the long-standing history of strong cooperation” in counterterrorism between Morocco and the US, recalling that the Moroccan government pursued a comprehensive strategy focused on “alert security measures, regional and international cooperation, and anti-radicalization policies.”