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Kerry Praises Morocco’s Efforts In Global Counterterrorism Forum [Maghreb Arab Press]

Morocco’s leadership in the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) receives high praise from US Secretary of State John Kerry in New York this week:

MAP logoUS Secretary of State John Kerry praised Morocco for being at the forefront of the efforts of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF).

“I’d like to extend my thanks to our colleagues from Morocco and the Netherlands to be at the forefront of the efforts of GCTF in order to set up the first international framework of the best practices, which will be adopted today to counter the flow of foreign terrorists”, he said during a meeting of GCTF, held on the sidelines of the 69th session of the UN General Assembly.

The United States will “contribute more than 40 million dollars to support these efforts,” said Kerry, whose country co-chairs the Forum with Turkey.

The GCTF, in which Morocco is a founding member, aims to reduce the vulnerability of people everywhere to terrorism by effectively preventing, combating, and prosecuting terrorist acts and countering incitement and recruitment to terrorism.It provides a venue for national counterterrorism (CT) officials and practitioners to meet with their counterparts from key countries in different regions to share CT experiences, expertise, strategies, capacity needs, and capacity-building programs.

It prioritizes civilian capacity building in areas such as rule of law, border management, and countering violent extremism.

A core part of the Forum’s mission is to support the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy around the globe and it places particular emphasis on working closely with the United Nations and other relevant multilateral bodies.  The GCTF maintains an inclusive, even-handed, and transparent approach to its work while continuing to be an informal, action-oriented, and flexible platform committed to ensuring that it attracts the most capable and experienced CT policymakers and experts to the table…[Original story, registration required]

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