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Morocco: Combating Terrorism With Opportunity

Washington, DC (NAPSI) - While some think of North Africa as a region of turmoil and  unrest half a world away, one nation has emerged as a leader, demonstrating a  commitment to cooperation and regional security that can ultimately benefit  the interests of the U.S.

Morocco, under the  leadership of King Mohammed VI, recently deepened its ties in Africa and underscored the country’s  commitment-and the king’s personal dedication-to strong relationships  among countries. Such relationships, it’s believed, can sow the seeds  of economic and social development and help to thwart the rise of radical  ideologies and terrorism.

Resources and Health Care

For example, in Senegal,  King Mohammed VI and President Macky Sall presided over the signing of agreements on mining,  hydrocarbons, electricity and renewable energies as well as increasing  cooperation on international transport of goods and persons. Together, they  also dedicated the Mohammed VI ophthalmologic clinic and a medicine  production plant to improve local health care.

Investment and Training

In Côte d’Ivoire,  the King and President Alassane Ouattara  chaired the signing of agreements that strengthen cooperation between the  foreign ministries, promote and protect investments, encourage fisheries and  aquaculture, support vocational training in tourism, and improve  Moroccan-Ivorian disaster management.

Safety and Technology

In Gabon, King Mohammed VI and President Ali Bongo Ondimba  chaired the signing of cooperation agreements, including an agreement by  Morocco to help develop the National Gabonese Institute for Training, Health,  and Social Action; another to work together on civil efforts to prevent and  manage risks to public safety and the environment; an agreement for technical  cooperation; and another establishing a framework for strategic partnership  in information technology and systems.

All three presidents praised King Mohammed VI for his leadership in  promoting democracy, economic and social development, and human rights in Morocco.

“Today,” said the president of Gabon,   “Morocco  can rightfully boast to be giving to the world the image of an innovating and  modern Kingdom where the will of the people is respected.”

The African leaders also reaffirmed their countries’ support for Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara, which aims to resolve a  three-decade-long dispute that threatens stability, much-needed economic  cooperation, and security in the region and beyond.

This information is provided by  Beckerman on behalf of the government of Morocco. Further information is  available at the U.S.  Department of Justice.