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El Othmani at G5 Sahel: Morocco determined to secure coastal areas

The Head of Government, Mr. Saâd Eddine El Othmani expressed in Nouakchott, the determination of Morocco to strengthen its cooperation with the Sahel countries (Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger) to develop the coastal zones faced with serious security threats.

“We are determined to cooperate fully with our brothers in the five countries of the Sahel to develop coastal areas facing serious security threats affecting the security of the entire region, including Morocco,” said El Othmani. The president who, on the orders of HM King Mohammed VI, leads the Moroccan delegation to take part in the Coordinating Conference of partners and donors of G5 Sahel, which is held from Thursday in Nouakchott.

In this regard, he indicated that Morocco has developed a program to be presented to this Conference on its actions in the Sahel region.

The Kingdom’s participation in this conference stems from its “African roots”, its commitment to promoting inter-African relations, its role in the region and its concern to develop the Sahel and preserve its stability and security, said El Othmani who was greeted on arrival at the Nouakchott International Airport by the Mauritanian Prime Minister, Mohamed Salem Ould El Bechir and the Moroccan ambassador to Nouakchott, Hamid Chabar.

He added that the conference, which is attended by several heads of state and government and donor representatives, aims to mobilize the necessary funds for the G5 Sahel priority investment program.

He also noted that his visit to Nouakchott will be an opportunity to discuss with his Mauritanian counterpart ways to further promote Moroccan-Mauritanian relations, expressing the wish to develop these links at higher levels.

In this sense, he indicated that there are many initiatives at the economic, social and political levels to further develop these relations.

Created in February 2014 at the Nouakchott summit of the leaders of Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, G5 Sahel aims to coordinate and monitor regional cooperation, particularly in the field of fight against terrorism in the region where armed groups linked to Al Qaeda are active.

It was decided, in this context, to draw up a program of investment priorities and structural projects which gives priority to safety and basic infrastructure (transport, energy, communication and hydraulics), demographic updating, food security and pastoral economy.

The G5 Sahel is counting on the coordination between their organizations to face these security challenges and avoid the dangers that threaten some of its countries. Also, the five countries of the Group had decided to form a force of 10,000 men to secure the borders and fight against terrorism, especially between Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger.

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