Morocco presented its experience in combating violent extremism at the first joint ministerial meeting of countries participating in the International Coalition to fight the “Islamic State,” held in Washington, DC:
Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Mbarka Bouaida, highlighted, Thursday in Washington, the Moroccan experience, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, in fighting terrorism and violent extremism.
In a statement to MAP on the sidelines of the first joint ministerial meeting of countries participating in the International Coalition to fight the “Islamic State” (EI) terrorist group, Bouaida noted that this meeting is an opportunity to highlight the Moroccan experience in this field, based on a holistic royal vision which managed to counter extremist discourse nationally and in north Africa, the Sahel and Europe.
“EI” group has evolved into an international network of many terrorist franchises worldwide, noted the minister, stressing that terrorism does not only affect Iraq, Syria and Libya, but all countries of the world, which requires a comprehensive approach against the phenomenon.
In this regard, Bouaida stressed that the royal vision is precisely based on strengthening political, constitutional and democratic reforms to achieve domestic stability, as well as on consolidating economic reforms to reduce social disparities and promote the labor market for young people to protect them against recruitment attempts by terrorist groups.
Thanks to the royal approach, Morocco has emerged as an international model in the fight against religious extremism, said the minister, adding that many countries have expressed the wish to benefit from the Moroccan expertise in terms of the training of Imams, Morchidines and Morchidates (religious preachers).
She also recalled the setting up of the Mohammed VI Foundation for African Ulema, which seeks to bar the way to violent extremism and terrorist groups that advocate the ideology of Al Qaeda and Daech and threaten peace and global security…[ORIGINAL STORY, SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED]