The Netherlands is one of the countries that see Morocco’s counter-terrorism approach as a leading strategy to fight the scourge of extremism and terrorism.
Blok spoke about the scourge of terrorism at the opening of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) on Wednesday, September 25 in New York.
The Dutch official thanked Morocco for co-chairing the forum with the Netherlands over the past four years.
He said, “terrorism continues to threaten our societies and we must continue to fight this phenomenon.”
The Dutch official also called for vigilance against the threats posed by the different extremist groups in the world.
Blok chaired the 10th ministerial meeting of the forum with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita.
Blok also said that Holland appreciated the “close relations between the kingdom and the Netherlands at all levels.”
He also emphasized Morocco’s “important role that” in North Africa and in the region.
According to Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Morocco and the Netherlands developed a “strong partnership and worked together to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism since 2015.”
GCTF is an international forum which includes 29 countries and the European Union. The forum seeks to find means to reduce global vulnerability to terrorism by preventing, combating, and prosecuting terrorist acts.
The forum convenes experts and practitioners from countries across the world to share experiences and expertise.
In July, Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) Abdelhak Khiame said that Morocco has been sharing its counterterrorism expertise with its European allies.
Khiame also called for shared responsibility and joint efforts to fight terrorism in the region.
“The fight against terrorism will take a long time, but if we work together with serenity and responsibility we can overcome the scourge,” Khiame told Italian news agency LaPressa.
He recalled that Morocco is currently co-chairing the World Forum against terrorism with the Netherlands.
Morocco’s counterterrorism approach receives support from world powers.
The 2018 Global Terrorism Index listed Morocco among the countries by terrorism least impacted by terrorism.
Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy, according to the report, makes the North African country safer than powerful countries, including the US, ranked 20th, and France ranked 30th.