Participants in the ministerial meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh, held on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Marrakech, expressed their concerns about the proliferation of separatist movements in Africa, reaffirming their common determination to continue the fight against Daech.
“Participants expressed their concerns about the proliferation of separatist movements in Africa that generate destabilization and increased vulnerability of African states, and ultimately favors Daesh and other terrorist organizations and violent extremists,” said the final communiqué, issued at the end of the work of this international conclave, which was attended by 79 countries.
Under the auspices of the Global Coalition, the Africa Focus Group will strengthen the civilian-led counterterrorism capabilities of the Coalition's African members, the Coalition's members and partners said, highlighting the need to foster synergies within the group with other existing international, sub-regional and regional counterterrorism efforts and initiatives on the African continent.
Participants also recalled the civilian approach adopted by the Coalition in implementing its efforts in Africa, in accordance with the principles of national ownership and in line with the specific needs of African member states.
They also noted the nexus between separatist and terrorist movements acting in collusion, exploiting existing vulnerabilities in a way that multiplies their destabilizing impact.
In this sense, participants stressed the need to address the evolving threat of Daesh, especially in Africa, by strengthening the counter-terrorism capabilities of African members and take into account the challenges and threats posed by the proliferation of non-state actors, including separatist groups, as a factor of destabilization and vulnerability in the region.
They also emphasized the importance of building the capacity of the Coalition's partner countries and supporting sub-regional and regional initiatives on the African continent, within the framework of the Coalition's civil action, in accordance with the principles of ownership and in line with the specific needs of African member states.
In this context, they emphasized that the holistic and comprehensive coordination of the Coalition's efforts should be done in harmony with the initiatives of the Coalition's working groups, including countering the financing of Daesh, communications, foreign terrorist fighters, and stabilization.
Coalition members and partners also welcomed the first meeting of the Global Coalition in Africa.
Organized at the joint invitation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans living abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, this first meeting of the Global Coalition against Daesh, held in Africa, is a turning point in the commitment and international coordination in the fight against the group “Daesh,” with a particular focus on the African continent and the evolving terrorist threat in the Middle East and other regions.