As a member of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, Morocco participated in a meeting on Wednesday at the at the headquarters of the US Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita arrived in Washington, D.C., to meet and hold in-depth discussions with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on security-related issues.
Throughout the day, Pompeo hosted a series of meetings with the 79 members of the Coalition to Defeat ISIS to lead discussions focused on “the impending territorial defeat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria.”
The participating ministers planned to discuss the campaign’s next steps to eradicate extremist group affiliations outside of Iraq and Syria, destroy their remnants, and protect against a resurgence of ISIS in Syria and Iraq after the withdrawal of US forces from Syria.
The coalition is committed to a “coordinated fight” against ISIS “through stabilization and security assistance.”
“As ISIS is defeated on the battlefield, the Coalition will continue its stabilization efforts to facilitate the safe and voluntary return home of those who have been displaced by the violence,” read a statement by the US Department of State.
The Global Coalition regularly organizes meetings to enhance combined efforts to combat ISIS. The most recent meeting was on July 12, 2018, in Brussels, Belgium.
In June, a similar meeting took place in Morocco, between Bourita, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL (ISIS) Brett McGurk, and other members.
The meeting’s program focused on eradicating the extremist group in Iraq and Syria, combating its global networks, halting its financing, and curbing recruitment.
Morocco maintains its crackdown on terrorist cells recruiting and planning attacks in the country and abroad.
Recently, the 2018 Global Terrorism Index deemed Morocco safer than Algeria, the US, and France.
The country ranked the 132nd least dangerous country for terrorism out of 163, gaining nine places compared to the 2017 report when it ranked 123rd.
The report indicates that Morocco has two strategies to deal with Moroccan fighters returning from conflict zones: Deradicalization programs and imprisonment, a policy that has allowed law enforcement to apprehend returnees for investigation and put them in custody in 2015.