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Extension of Morocco’s mandate as Co-Chair of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF)

The Kingdom of Morocco has seen its mandate renewed alongside Canada for an additional year, as co-chair of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) during the 17th Meeting of its Coordinating Committee, held virtually this week, due the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

This event has been marked by the adoption of a Ministerial Declaration, conveying a message of unity and commitment to face the constant threat posed by terrorism in the current pandemic’s context.

This Ministerial Declaration calls on members of this renowned forum to face the terrorism threats, and hails the efforts deployed by Morocco and Canada as co-chairs of the GCTF as well as those of the working Groups co-chairs in addition to the Forum’s Initiatives co-leads, in order to maintain a positive and active work dynamic in the current pandemic context.

The GCTF also adopted a Memorandum on Good Practices on Strengthening National-Local Cooperation in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism Conducive to Terrorism; and the Addendum to The Hague Good Practices on the Nexus between Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism: Focus on Criminal Justice.

The Global Counterterrorism Forum, launched in 2011, and co-chaired by Morocco since 2016 for three consecutive mandates (previously alongside Netherlands and currently Canada), is structured around five working groups focused on “Countering Violent Extremism”; “Foreign Terrorist Fighters”; “Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law”; “Capacity-building in the East Africa Region” and “Capacity-building in the West Africa Region”. It is worth recalling that this Forum’s activities regularly bring together international decision-makers and experts in the fight against terrorism, including government officials.

In addition to co-chairing the GCTF and being an active member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Morocco spares no effort for the same objectives as a major non-NATO ally and an active member of the Trans-Sahara Counterterrorism Partnership (TSCTP).