UK welcomes Morocco’s Contribution to Regional, International Counter-Terrorism Efforts

The United Kingdom lauded Morocco’s commitment to regional and international counter-terrorism operations on Wednesday, hailing the establishment of the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism in Rabat.

In a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the third session of the Morocco-UK strategic dialogue, the two countries urged resolute global action to fight terrorism and extremist violence in all of their forms, and reaffirmed their support for the United Nations global counter-terrorism strategy.

The United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, Liz Truss, and Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, both expressed “grave worry” about the rising terrorist threat in Africa, particularly in the Sahel region.

Furthermore, the two countries discussed their cooperation in the fight against international crime, noting that, thanks to UK assistance, training, and technology, Morocco’s six regional airports are now better equipped to combat drug trafficking, which resulted in the arrest of more than 240 drug traffickers last year.

According to the same source, this cooperation extends to the marine sphere and will permit unified security standards for a new direct ferry route between Tangier Med and Poole (southern England).


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