“Terrorism and separatism are two [caras] Of the same [moneda]”, Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said today in Marrakech during a speech at the opening of the international meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh (Islamic State) that is celebrated in this Moroccan city.
Rabat and Washington called on the international community to provide Africa with substantial technical and financial assistance to help it fight terrorism. USA announced a contribution of 119 million dollars.
Nasser Bourita indicated that, because of terrorism in Africa, some 1.4 million people have been displaced. He added that 27 terrorist gangs operating on the continent are on the UN Security Council blacklist.
“In 2021, sub-Saharan Africa recorded 48% of deaths from terrorism in the world, or 3,461 victims, bringing the death toll to 30,000 in the last 15 years”, underlined Bourita, who also clarified that Africa had become the main target of Daesh, suffering 41% of all attacks by this terrorist organization in the world.
Furthermore, the Sahel region alone accounts for 35% of global terrorism deaths in 2021, up from just 1% in 2007, an increase of more than 1,000% in that period.
The economic impact of terrorism has cost the continent a total loss of 171 billion dollars, an amount that could have been used to promote economic and social development projects.
The head of Moroccan diplomacy also highlighted the strategy launched by Morocco to combat terrorism: After the Casablanca attacks [del 16 de mayo] of 2003, Morocco managed to dismantle 210 terrorist cells”, he explained.
The US Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nulan, announced that her country had decided to allocate 119 million dollars in aid to African countries in 2022, particularly those in the Sahel.
“The persistence of the Daesh threat exists in different areas of the planet,” explained Victoria Nulan, who specified that the United States had already disbursed 600 million dollars in Iraq, and 300 million in Syria, for the reconstruction of these two countries after the devastation that Daesh had caused there.
Representatives from more than 80 countries and international organizations participate in this meeting