Atlantic African countries, a new space takes shape from Rabat

The Ministers of the African African States announced on Wednesday from Rabat their full support for the Conference of Atlantic African States as an appropriate framework for exploiting mutually beneficial opportunities for cooperation. By adopting the “Discount Declaration”, Ministers agreed to reactivate the permanent secretariat of the conference, which is based in the Kingdom’s capital. They also took the opportunity to pay tribute to HM the King’s vision to make the African Atlantic area a framework for pragmatic and timely inter-African cooperation. Speaking at the opening of this meeting, the leader of Moroccan diplomacy, Nasser Bourita, for his part, insisted on the importance of structuring the African-Atlantic space.

The ministers of the African Atlantic states emphasized the importance of optimizing the Atlantic African space for a more coordinated and coordinated management of the migration management at the end of their first ministerial meeting, which was held on Wednesday in Rabat at the invitation of Morocco. In this regard, they expressed their full support for the Conference of African Atlantic States as an appropriate framework for exploiting mutually beneficial opportunities for cooperation, including with existing regional, subregional and interregional mechanisms, with the aim of creating synergies and producing effective and proactive responses to the challenges of this common space, in particular through the designation of hubs dedicated to African-Atlantic cooperation.

In this context, Ministers recalled the statements made by previous ministerial meetings in the framework of the co-operation launched since 2009, in particular the Rabat Declaration of 4. August 2009, the basis and reference document for the African-Atlantic Process. Taking these challenges into account, the Rabat Declaration adopted at the end of this Ministerial Meeting emphasized the need to act collectively through the coordination of actions on a range of strategic themes and structuring sectors in order to meet the imperatives of security, sustainability, development and prosperity. of this common area. On the other hand, the ministers of the Atlantic African states confirmed that the states of the region have the primary responsibility for strengthening the capacity of state structures, the defense of national unity and territorial integrity in relation to international law.

Ministers undertook to continue their exchange of co-operation and co-ordination and called for a political and security dialogue centered on the themes of the fight against terrorism, the fight against transnational organized crime in all its forms, maritime piracy, migrant smuggling and hostage-taking at sea. challenges. To do this, the ministers of the Atlantic African states decided to set up three thematic groups responsible for political and security dialogue, the blue economy, maritime relations and energy, as well as sustainable development and the ‘environment. In that sense, three leaders have been appointed to lead the 3 thematic groups, namely Nigeria, Gabon and Cape Verde. Held with the participation of 21 Atlantic Coast countries, including fifteen represented at ministerial level, the First Ministerial Meeting of the African Atlantic States was an opportunity to develop a common African vision of this vital space, to promote an African Atlantic identity and to defend with one voice the strategic interests of the continent. Its work revolved around three themes, namely “Political, Security and Security Dialogue”, “Blue Economy and Connectivity” and “Environment and Energy”, it recalls.

Ministers of Atlantic African States welcome HM King’s vision to make Atlantic Africa a framework for pragmatic and timely inter-African cooperation

On Wednesday in Rabat, the ministers of the African Atlantic States welcomed His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s vision to make the Atlantic African space a framework for pragmatic and timely inter-African cooperation. The Ministers of the Atlantic African States also welcomed, in a statement sanctioning the work of their first meeting held in Rabat at the invitation of Morocco, the sovereign’s commitment to reactivate this geostrategic framework for consultations between the Atlantic African countries. After emphasizing that this meeting was held in a very special regional and international context full of challenges for the countries of the region, the Ministers reaffirmed their determination to continue the dialogue on common principles, common challenges and converging interests with a view to the African Atlantic space a zone of peace, stability and common prosperity.

African Atlantic Ministers agree to reactivate the permanent secretariat of the Rabat-based conference

The ministers of the Atlantic African states on Wednesday agreed to reactivate the permanent secretariat of the conference based in Rabat, responsible for coordinating actions and preparing meetings. In the “Discount Declaration”, which sanctioned the work at their first meeting, the African-Atlantic Ministers emphasized that the Permanent Secretariat of the Conference would also serve as a platform for the exchange of challenges and opportunities in the African-Atlantic space. They also decided to establish the African-Atlantic Rabat process to strengthen cooperation between states. Ministers also called for strengthening transatlantic cooperation with the states bordering the Atlantic, especially with the countries of Latin America.

The second ministerial meeting of the Atlantic African states will take place in Morocco

The ministers of the Atlantic African states decided on Wednesday at the end of their first ministerial meeting to hold their next meeting in the Kingdom of Morocco. “At the end of their discussions, the Ministers of the Atlantic African States decided to hold another Ministerial Meeting of the Atlantic African States, which will take place in the Kingdom of Morocco,” stresses the “Declaration of Rabat”, which sanctioned the work of the first meeting between the African states of the Atlantic, held in Rabat at the invitation of Morocco. Ministers also called for strengthening transatlantic cooperation with the states bordering the Atlantic, especially with the countries of Latin America, and decided to meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. , in September 2022. The ministerial meeting was an opportunity to devise a common African vision of this vital space, to promote an African Atlantic identity and to defend the strategic interests of the continent with one voice.

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