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  The Minister of Foreign Affairs African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Mr Nasser Bourita reaffirmed on September 23 2022 in New York Morocco s commitment to an African Atlantic partnership that will be at the active service of stability and co development Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the African Atlantic States Mr Bourita stressed that the reactivation of this geostrategic alliance expresses the vision and commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to make the African Atlantic space a framework for cooperation pragmatic and timely interstate Our meeting last June and the Rabat Declaration that came out of it have materialized this vision establishing the Atlantic area of Africa as a space of peace stability and shared prosperity he noted In this regard he stressed that through the Rabat Declaration the Atlantic African States have demonstrated the strong ambition of placing joint action within the framework of a broader association and deepening integration ties in order to more fully address effectively the challenges of the region and to identify the great potential for cooperation Mr Bourita also noted that these States have agreed that joint actions be guided by the principles of consultation solidarity and dynamic and enterprising South South cooperation noting that the international context which has rarely been as complex as the current one reinforces the relevance of this initiative It also commits us to respond to the imperative of consolidating our partnership Especially since we face the same challenges and share the same concerns including security stability and sustainable development he explained Highlighting the complex interconnected and multidimensional threats facing the region the Minister warned of terrorist threats that are spreading in various parts of Africa with very negative repercussions on the stability of the region An effective fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach aimed at actions both in terms of security promoting the ideals of tolerance and achieving sustainable development he said adding that the situation of transnational organized crime in the region is also very worrying The illicit trafficking of weapons drugs or human beings is developing very rapidly and threatens peace and development in the African Atlantic space he warned Mr Bourita also warned of the threats posed by piracy which damage the prospects for economic and commercial development of the countries of the region saying that the direct and indirect cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea would approach to two billion dollars a year and this figure does not include all the costs assumed by African countries and their partners The Minister also noted that the intertwining of terrorism separatism and transnational organized crime multiplies the threat by creating an alliance of evil forces No country can face these challenges by itself he stressed and called for joining efforts through cooperation and coordination as necessary Referring to the prospects for cooperation Bourita highlighted the immense opportunities for association in the region in the areas of blue economy maritime cooperation and energy The blue economy is projected to contribute 3 000 trillion in annual value added to the global economy by 2030 and our region has enormous potential in this area he said indicating that maritime cooperation is also an asset which would allow strengthening our economic and trade integration and improve our competitiveness in the global economy Regarding the environmental challenges facing the region Bourita said that efforts to address these challenges are part of the dynamics of economic cooperation in this area recalling that the African continent which contributes 7 of greenhouse gas emissions is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change The initiatives of the African Action Summit held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech in 2016 on the emergence from Africa through climate action are among the appropriate actions for our collective fight against climate change he argued and he added that the search and promotion of international alliances is desirable e support efforts and build capacity to meet challenges and seize opportunities for cooperation In this context he said that a draft Program of Action of this Initiative aims to identify common strategic priorities for the realization of the vision of an effective and inclusive African Atlantic partnership noting that this project is a unifying element to join us in around goals and guide us in our collective actions The Agenda for Action also serves as a basis for the preparation of the action plans of the three thematic groups created by the Rabat Declaration which deal with political dialogue and issues of security the blue economy connectivity and energy as well as sustainable development and the environment the Minister continued adding that today s meeting will be sanctioned by a declaration reaffirming the common will to consolidate our partnership and give impetus and guidance to our future collective actions including the Program of Action and the work of the three Thematic Groups The Minister strongly encouraged the Member States of this alliance to designate the Focal Points of this Draft Program of Action to begin to forge the common agenda and harmonize actions This meeting was held on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly
Morocco chairs the Ministerial Meeting of Atlantic African States in New York

1 The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita, reaffirmed, on September 23, 2022 in New York, Morocco‘s commitment to an African Atlantic partnership that will be at the active service of stability and co-development.

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2 Speaking at the ministerial meeting of the African Atlantic States, Mr. Bourita stressed that the reactivation of this geostrategic alliance expresses the vision and commitment of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, to make the African Atlantic space a framework for cooperation pragmatic and timely interstate.

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3 “Our meeting last June and the Rabat Declaration that came out of it have materialized this vision, establishing the Atlantic area of ​​Africa as a space of peace, stability and shared prosperity,” he noted.

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4 In this regard, he stressed that through the Rabat Declaration, the Atlantic African States have demonstrated the strong ambition of placing joint action within the framework of a broader association and deepening integration ties, in order to more fully address effectively the challenges of the region.

5 and to identify the great potential for cooperation, Mr. Bourita also noted that these States have agreed that joint actions be guided by the principles of consultation, solidarity, and dynamic and enterprising South-South cooperation, noting that the international context, which has rarely been as complex as the current one, reinforces the relevance of this initiative.

6 “It also commits us to respond to the imperative of consolidating our partnership.

7 Especially since we face the same challenges and share the same concerns, including security, stability and sustainable development,” he explained.

8 Highlighting the complex, interconnected and multidimensional threats facing the region, the Minister warned of terrorist threats that are spreading in various parts of Africa with “very negative” repercussions on the stability of the region.

9 “An effective fight against terrorism requires a comprehensive approach aimed at actions both in terms of security, promoting the ideals of tolerance and achieving sustainable development,” he said, adding that the situation of transnational organized crime in the region is also very worrying.

10 “The illicit trafficking of weapons, drugs or human beings is developing very rapidly and threatens peace and development in the African Atlantic space,” he warned.

11 Mr. Bourita also warned of the threats posed by piracy, which “damage the prospects for economic and commercial development of the countries of the region”, saying that the direct and indirect cost of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea would approach to two billion dollars a year and this figure does not include all the costs assumed by African countries and their partners.

12 The Minister also noted that the intertwining of terrorism, separatism and transnational organized crime multiplies the threat by creating an “alliance of evil forces.”

13 “No country can face these challenges by itself,” he stressed, and called for joining efforts, through cooperation and coordination, as necessary.

14 Referring to the prospects for cooperation, Bourita highlighted the immense opportunities for association in the region in the areas of blue economy, maritime cooperation and energy.

15 “The blue economy is projected to contribute $3,000 trillion in annual value added to the global economy by 2030, and our region has enormous potential in this area,” he said, indicating that maritime cooperation is also an asset, “which would allow strengthening our economic and trade integration and improve our competitiveness in the global economy.

16 Regarding the environmental challenges facing the region, Bourita said that efforts to address these challenges are part of the dynamics of economic cooperation in this area, recalling that the African continent , which contributes 7% of greenhouse gas emissions, is the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change”.

17 The initiatives of the African Action Summit, held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech in 2016, on the emergence from Africa through climate action, are among the appropriate actions for our collective fight against climate change,” he argued, and he added that the search and promotion of international alliances is desirable.

18 e support efforts and build capacity to meet challenges and seize opportunities for cooperation.

19 In this context, he said that a draft Program of Action of this Initiative aims to identify common strategic priorities for the realization of the vision of an effective and inclusive African Atlantic partnership, noting that this project is a unifying element to “join us in around goals, and guide us in our collective actions The Agenda for Action also serves as a basis for the preparation of the action plans of the three thematic groups created by the Rabat Declaration, which deal with political dialogue and issues of security: the blue economy, connectivity and energy, as well as sustainable development and the environment, the Minister continued, adding that today’s meeting will be sanctioned by a declaration, reaffirming the common will to “consolidate our partnership and give impetus and guidance to our future collective actions, including the Program of Action and the work of the three Thematic Groups.

20 The Minister strongly encouraged the Member States of this alliance to designate the Focal Points of this Draft Program of Action, to begin to forge the common agenda and harmonize actions.

21 This meeting was held on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.

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