Marrakech hosted this Wednesday, May 11, the ninth ministerial meeting of the international coalition against the Islamic State, which was organized together with the United States. The emphasis was on the challenge of terrorism for Africa.
With our special correspondent in Marrakech, Magali Lagrange
In his speech of FenceThe Moroccan Foreign Minister said he was proud of the special attention paid to the African continent. A first since the creation in 2014 of this coalition of 80 countries and organizations initially focused on the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
As Africa has become the main target of terrorist groups, Nasser Bourita said during this meeting, which was attended by more than 70 countries, including some forty represented by a minister. The Minister recalled that by 2021, 48% of deaths due to terrorism had been recorded in Africa, many of them in the Sahel.
These groups, which are increasingly using technology, are causing huge economic losses to the African continent, the Moroccan minister continued.
Among the commitments made by the participants in Marrakech, in addition to the continued stabilization work in the areas of the Middle East where the Islamic State organization was established, is therefore to take into account other parts of the world threatened by the terrorist group and in particular Africa.
The US Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs concluded by promising that coalition members will work hand in hand to stop terrorism wherever it seeks to establish itself.