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UN peacekeeping forces: More than 70,000 Moroccan soldiers deployed around the world

The Kingdom of Morocco, which is one of the oldest troop contributing countries, has made the irreversible choice to participate steadily in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, said Monday in Agadir, the head of the UN division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Amine Chabi.

The country deploys more than 70,000 Moroccan peacekeepers in four continents, in an increasingly demanding operational environment, said Chabi at the opening of an International Seminar, held at the headquarters of the South Zone Headquarters of Royal Armed Forces (FAR).

Morocco supports the vision supported by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the framework of the Peace Action Initiative and the reform process within the United Nations Secretariat to in place an architecture of peace and security in the United Nations, in tune with major international developments in terms of security, recalled the official.

Chabi also praised the ranking of the Kingdom among the top 15 countries contributing the most important UN troops, highlighting the effective engagement of Morocco in the implementation of the initiative Action for the peacekeeping as a troop-contributing country, training partner and financial contributor to peacekeeping.

Adapting peacekeeping to a more volatile operational environment requires investment by the UN, regional organizations and states in training, he said, while recalling that the issue of performance in peace operations are part of the training before and during deployment.

In this regard, Chabi stressed the need to train contingents and individual personnel deployed to ensure a good performance of the missions, as well as to provide the Blue Helmets with common operational procedures in order to facilitate their interoperability.

It should be recalled that the opening session of this meeting was notably marked by occasional speeches by the Lieutenant General, Commander of the South Zone El Farouk Belkhir, as well as the representative of the UN, Major General Hugh Van Roosen.

This conclave, which runs until 11 December, will also cover the procedures and measures for monitoring and improving the performance of personnel, equipment and troop support of troop and police contributing countries, as well as environmental issues in peace operations.

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