Algeria and Morocco’s Migrant Policies Could Prevent Violent Extremism

2018/03/15 – Legalising migrants can boost economic growth, improve international relations and prevent radicalisation.

Algeria and Morocco have for the past decade been important transit and stopover countries for migrants moving to Europe. Many also stop to seek informal work in Algeria’s $548.3 billion hydrocarbon economy and Morocco’s $257.3 billion diversified economy. Continuer à lire … « Algeria and Morocco’s Migrant Policies Could Prevent Violent Extremism »

The resurgence of Al-Qaeda

2018/03/12 – Nearly seven years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda is numerically larger and present in more countries than at any other time in its history. Indeed, the movement now boasts of some 40,000 men under arms, with approximately 10,000–20,000 fighters in Syria; 7000–9000 in Somalia; 5000 in Libya; 4000 in Yemen; a similar number dispersed throughout other countries across the Maghreb and Sahel; 3000 in Indonesia; and approximately 1000 in South Asia. From north-west Africa to South East Asia, al-Qaeda has been able to knit together a global movement of some two dozen local franchises. Continuer à lire … « The resurgence of Al-Qaeda »

Mali/Morocco – Malian PM commends Morocco’s help to counter extremism

2018/03/10 – Malian Prime Minister Soumyelou Boubeye Maiga on Friday lauded Morocco’s help to counter extremism and promote moderate Islam in his country.During his visit to the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams (religious preachers) in the Moroccan capital Rabat, Maiga thanked the North African kingdom for providing training to some 500 Malian Imams over the last few years. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Morocco – Malian PM commends Morocco’s help to counter extremism »

Algeria – Bulgaria’s Top Diplomat, Arab Ambassadors Discuss Bilateral Relations, Regional Conflicts #NorthAfrica

2018/03/07 – Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva discussed bilateral relations with the Arab countries during a working lunch Tuesday with their Sofia-based ambassadors held on the initiative of Palestinian Ambassador Ahmad al-Madbouh, who is dean of the diplomatic corps in Bulgaria, said the Foreign Ministry. Economic cooperation and the commercial exchange were among the highlights of the discussion. Continuer à lire … « Algeria – Bulgaria’s Top Diplomat, Arab Ambassadors Discuss Bilateral Relations, Regional Conflicts #NorthAfrica »

Morocco’s Security Strategy: A comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach is the answer

2018/03/05 – In an incisive talk here in New Delhi (February 28) on Morocco’s security strategy to prevent terrorism and counter extremism, Dr Assia BenSalah Alaoui, ambassador at large of King Mohammed VI, put forth an excellent presentation on behalf of the North African nation. It will be recalled that despite turbulent winds sweeping through the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring movement, Morocco has remained an island of stability in this part of the world. Meanwhile, Morocco’s regional neighbours including Tunisia – which experienced a painful democratic transition – Egypt – whicha saw a series of violent protests and counter-protests with the army finally gaining control – and Libya – where all institutions were destroyed with the country being overrun by a plethora of militias – have truly suffered. This has created dangerous security threats in the region, forcing Morocco to adapt and put in place systems to counter the twin scourges of terrorism and extremisms. Continuer à lire … « Morocco’s Security Strategy: A comprehensive, multi-dimensional approach is the answer »

Morocco, Senegal pledge to step up justice cooperation

2018/02/17 – The Moroccan Justice Minister Mohamed Aujjar and his Senegalese counterpart Ismaila Madior Fall vowed Thursday in Rabat to give new impetus to bilateral cooperation in the area of justice.Speaking to the press following talks with his Senegalese peer, Aujjar said the meeting was an opportunity for the two parties to examine means to promote bilateral cooperation in this field. Continuer à lire … « Morocco, Senegal pledge to step up justice cooperation »

Algeria reinforces its surveillance over its borders with Morocco

2018/02/16 – Algerian authorities announced they would increase the number of border surveillance posts on the Algerian-Moroccan borders by building 10 new posts “that will be added to the 24 surveillance posts it had set up in 2015 to activate control measures and stop smuggling between the two countries.” Continuer à lire … « Algeria reinforces its surveillance over its borders with Morocco »