New York (UN) - Morocco's approach in fighting against terrorism in its security, religious and socio-economic aspects, was highlighted Tuesday at the United Nations during a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC).
New York (UN) – Morocco’s approach in fighting against terrorism in its security, religious and socio-economic aspects, was highlighted Tuesday at the United Nations during a high-level meeting of the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC).
The Moroccan approach was presented during a high-level meeting on “Countering incitement to terrorist acts motivated by extremism or intolerance: Morocco’s approach and experiences of other African states” which was marked by the presence of the members of the Security Council and other UN member states.
Speaking on this occasion, Moroccan Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Toufik underlined in his presentation Morocco’s “experience in fighting against terrorism” and the role of the institution of the “Commander of the faithful which cuts off the way to terrorism.”
“Concerning the management of religious affairs, Morocco’s policy draws on the nature of the Moroccan regime itself which has been based, over ten centuries, on the fact that the Head of State, currently King Mohammed VI, derives legitimacy from his capacity as Commander of the Faithful,” the minister stressed.
The institution of the Commander of the Faithful which is solely responsible for protecting religion and managing religious affairs along with the logic of allegiance leave no room for any political project based on religion, Toufik pointed out.
For his part, Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, the General Director of Studies and Documentation (DGED), reiterated Morocco’s full commitment to “any efforts for multilateral and bilateral cooperation” aimed at fighting against terrorism in all its forms in accordance with the clear-sighted vision of King Mohammed VI.
Highlighting the multidimensional approach of Morocco on counter-terrorism, Mansouri noted that this approach is not solely based on the security aspect, but goes beyond it to include a successful religious and spiritual strategy meant to promote an Islam version that extols the values of tolerance, otherness and moderation as well as a socio-economic aspect aimed at ensuring inclusive development which places the individual at the heart of all concerns.
The Moroccan official added that the terrorist attacks which targeted symbolic sites in Casablanca back in 2003 were taken as a “warning signal on the relationship between domestic and international terrorist network,” noting that these attacks have also brought to light “the warlike intentions of Al Qaeda and its franchises towards the Kingdom, notably Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).”
Mansouri recalled that since 2005, Moroccan authorities have managed to dismantle numerous terrorist networks run by AQIM members based in the Sahel region, namely the groups of “Fath Al Andalous” (2008) and “Al Mourabitoune al Joudoud” (2009), noting that these rings included members of the Polisario front.
The terrorist threat coming from the Sahel and the Sahara region is today exacerbated by alliances between AQIM and the Polisario front, as well as other terrorist groups, including the Mujao, Boko Haram , Al Shabab Islami in Somalia and Ansar Acharia in Tunisia and Libya, Mansouri warned.