Morocco calls for the creation of an African-Atlantic justice forum

The Moroccan Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Ouahbi, referred to this possible network of exchanges aimed at tackling judicial challenges and security threats 
Abdellatif Ouahbi, ministro de Justicia de Marruecos – PHOTO/FADEL SENNA/AFP
Abdellatif Ouahbi, Moroccan Minister of Justice - PHOTO/FADEL SENNA/AFP

The Moroccan Minister of Justice, Abdellatif Ouahbi, called during the Forum of Justice Ministers held in Rabat for the creation of a permanent space for African-Atlantic dialogue on judicial matters. 

For Abdellatif Ouahbi, this entity would constitute a permanent platform for communication and exchanges of experiences between the judicial bodies of neighbouring countries in order to address the challenges facing the administration of justice and threats to security through strong and stable links. 

Minister Abdellatif Ouahbi pointed out that this network will play a fundamental role in the adoption of legislation and the creation of institutions and mechanisms to follow the line set in line with the current African reality, in order to "improve our common understanding of our legal and judicial systems", as reported by Al-Arab. 

This proposal by the Moroccan Minister of Justice is in line with the current African Atlantic initiative, of which the Kingdom of Morocco is an important part, which aims to strengthen the Atlantic coast of the continent in all aspects in order to allow a better connection between the African continent and the American continent. 

Minister Abdellatif Ouahbi recalled the King of Morocco's speech on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the Green March, in which he stated that "if the Mediterranean interface is a link between Morocco and Europe, then the Atlantic interface is Morocco's gateway to Africa and its opening window to the American space". 

On the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI also announced the continuation of "the development, modernisation and construction work undertaken to guarantee the conditions of a dignified life for Moroccan citizens", through the development of the Atlantic coast, including the Western Sahara, a territory that Morocco regained after the Green March, which marked the end of the Spanish colonial period.

This development of the Atlantic coast promoted by Morocco also aims to promote access to this area for other African countries, such as those of the Sahel, in order to provide these nations with connectivity with the Atlantic Ocean to work towards greater economic and commercial development of the nations of this African region.  

He also recalled King Mohammed VI's speech at the fourth session of the African-European Summit in Brussels in 2014, when he said: "Security and stability are a central priority of the partnership that unites us. Together they have become an integral part of the various movements and strategies that are adopted at local, regional and international levels, in order to add value and contribute to spreading peace and security within the common space in which we live, within the framework of full respect for the sovereignty of each country and its national and territorial integrity. This noble objective cannot be achieved unless all cross-border threats to the security of the continent are confronted collectively, firmly and forcefully, wherever they may be found".

Mohamed VI, rey de Marruecos - PHOTO/OFICIAL
Mohamed VI, King of Morocco - PHOTO/OFFICIAL

Indeed, Morocco is seen as an important country for ensuring security and stability in North Africa and the Sahel. Several major nations such as the United States, Saudi Arabia, France and Spain cooperate with Morocco at the level of the most important representatives of the respective national security departments to fight extremist terrorism and criminal gangs that carry out their illegal activities in the region.

Ouahbi also stressed that the forum to be consolidated will strengthen the path of justice by strengthening the ties of cooperation and integration in order to consolidate peace, security, stability and common prosperity in the region.