The Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) was established in 1998 to create a continental free trade area.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI addressed a message to the participants of the extraordinary session of the conference of heads of state and government of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States held on Saturday in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad.
King Mohammed VI expressed Morocco’s support to provide fresh momentum to CEN-SAD, emphasizing that he supports the strengthening of the group’s activities for the promotion of peace, stability, and development in the region.
The Sahel region has been experiencing several challenges in recent years, including terrorism and drug trafficking.
Moroccan security services have been calling on joint security cooperation in the Maghreb to counter the challenges facing the region.
The Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) Abdelhak El Khiame warned of security issues in the Sahel region.
Khiame said that trafficking circles clearly finance terrorism in the Sahel, which is a “fertile ground for terrorism, posing a threat in the entire region.”
In his recent message, King Mohammed VI reiterated Morocco’s commitment to giving a“fresh momentum to the CEN-SAD as a Regional Economic Community of the African Union. To this end, I am in favor of strengthening CEN-SAD’s action for the promotion of peace, stability, and development in the Sahel-Saharan region.”
The King also said that Morocco sought to ensure the emergence of the Sahel-Saharan region through maintaining fraternal relations with all member countries.
Morocco, according to the monarch, has been always reaffirming commitments to South-South cooperation that aims to pave the way for an integration that is conducive to investment and trade and that targets co-development.