Morocco urges the international fight against terrorism

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, Nasser Bourita, co-chaired, together with his Canadian counterpart, Melanie Jolie, the work of the 12th ministerial meeting of the Global Forum against Terrorism, held today, Wednesday, in New York.

In an opening speech, Bourita stressed that the development of the field of international security should not lead to the neglect of co-responsibility in the field of the fight against terrorism.

In this sense, he highlighted the importance of “real multilateralism”, expressing Morocco’s conviction that such a spirit and commitment are necessary during the next decade, especially in a context where the threat posed by terrorist groups remains a priority.

On the other hand, he stressed that the meeting is an opportunity to reflect on the achievements and effectiveness of the Forum during its first decade, recalling that efforts have focused in particular on reducing the vulnerability of people to terrorism, through prevention and fight against polarization and incitement to terrorism.

Regarding the progress made by the Forum under the Moroccan-Canadian presidency, Bourita highlighted the efforts made (during the first decade) to preserve the “non-political and consensual character of the Forum”, which has become a practical approach to strengthen the international efforts. to combat terrorism and violent extremism.

He said that the work of the Forum is based on the existing international legal framework, especially the United Nations Charter, the prudent recommendations of the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the minister added that an innovative recipe was adopted that combines “political leadership and the experience of practitioners within a process focused on the State while We work to expand our commitments with the various partners of the UN system, institutions and non-governmental organizations inspired by the Global Counter-Terrorism forum.

He considered that the Global Forum against Terrorism, strong with this approach, managed to establish consensus on emerging issues, which opened the way for other international organizations to develop the necessary criteria to structure the work of the international community in the face of urgent challenges. .

He added that the forum had accomplished “remarkable” work thanks to a proactive approach to foreign terrorist fighters, border security management, new information and communication technologies, and combating the financing of terrorism while preserving the civic space.

In the Minister’s opinion, these achievements, which are based on commitment, efficient contribution and pioneering leadership, are the result of preserving the core values ​​of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum as contained in the framework documents of the Forum.

He said that the Forum has undoubtedly become a central player in “international engineering to prevent and combat terrorism and violent extremism”, praising the “constructive and strong” partnership between the participating parties in the United Nations and the Forum.

On the other hand, and on the eve of the new mandate, whether at the level of the Forum or its working groups, Bourita admitted that the battle is not yet over, unfortunately.

He explained that terrorists continue to adapt their redeployment plans, while seeking safe havens, nurturing their territorial ambitions and attracting new fighters among vulnerable people and communities.

In this context, Bourita stressed that “we must preserve the identity and core values ​​of the Global Counter-Terrorism Forum, because this forum is more relevant and necessary than ever,” noting that Morocco, during its various periods of joint presidency, committed to making the Global Forum against Terrorism its effectiveness and its contribution to a safer and more secure world, above all parochial interests.

He concluded that during the co-chairmanship with Canada, the focus was on the future despite the difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, and “thanks to the work of all members, we have managed to chart an important path for the Global Accountant. – Forum on Terrorism charting the next ten years, adopting a strategic vision.

The Global Counter-Terrorism Forum is a platform launched in 2011, co-chaired by Morocco since 2016 and made up of 30 members (29 countries + the European Union) and closely cooperates with many international and regional organizations, including the United Nations.

Its structure consists of five working groups on countering violent extremism, foreign terrorist fighters, criminal justice and the rule of law, and capacity building in West and East Africa. Its activities regularly bring together decision-makers and experts in the fields of counter-terrorism.