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Morocco Hosts Regional Meeting on Fighting Terrorism

Morocco Hosts Regional Meeting on Fighting Terrorism

Friday, 25 November, 2022 - 08:15
20 October 2022, Morocco, Rabat: Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita speaks during a press conference with Belgian Foreign Minister Hadja Lahbib (Not Pictured) after their meeting. (dpa)

The Moroccan city of Rabat hosted on Thursday the first regional meeting dedicated to the development of an implementation plan of the Arab regional strategy to fight terrorism.

The two-day meeting is being held at the Moroccan Foreign Ministry with an aim to discuss measures to prevent terrorism in the region.

Participants will examine related topics, including the use of internet and online technologies for terrorism, in addition to issues such as foreign terrorist fighters, border security, and international cooperation to combat crime.

The meeting comes shortly following the 31st regular session of the Arab League Council Summit in Algiers, where leaders called for taking advantage of Morocco’s experience in the field of counter-terrorism and recalled the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Scholars and the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams and their pioneering role in countering extremism.

At the Summit, Arab leaders also welcomed Morocco's hosting of the UNOCT Program Office for Counter-Terrorism and Training in Africa, which was inaugurated in June 2021.

The Rabat-based office carries out accredited programs aimed at capacity building and skills development in the field of counterterrorism, particularly security, investigation and prosecution, prison and borders management, disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration.

The meeting in Rabat is organized by the General Secretariat of the Council of Arab Interior Ministers and the UN Counter-Terrorism Office, with the participation of representatives of several Arab Interior Ministries, members of the Arab League, namely Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia and the Sultanate of Oman, in addition to Palestine, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Morocco and Mauritania.

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