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UN chooses Morocco to host counterterrorism office in Africa

New recognition of Morocco’s expertise against terrorism. The United Nations decided to establish in Rabat an Office of the Program for the fight against terrorism and training in Africa. The signing ceremony of the headquarters agreement, which took place on Tuesday, October 6 by videoconference, was chaired by the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and the UN Deputy Secretary General for the fight against terrorism, Russian Vladimir Voronkov.

The office, the first of its kind in Africa, will offer training on counterterrorism, law enforcement, border security management, prevention of the presence of radicals, and human rights in the fight against terrorism, said the UN official in a speech.

The structure will also be in charge of the coordination of counterterrorism activities in this region, noted Voronkov, noting the geographical importance of sub-Saharan Africa, which is also a “source of concern due to the very rapid spread of terrorism. To stop this development, we must make an extra effort to be more efficient, better coordinated and more results-oriented”.

For his part, Nasser Bourita welcomed the recognition at the regional and international levels of the approach adopted by Morocco to face terrorism. The signing of the headquarters agreement comes four days after the visit of United States Defense Minister Mark Esper to Rabat.

Morocco is also co-chairing, with Canada, the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) for 2020-2022. He was re-elected to this post in March 2019 in Malaga for a third consecutive term.

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