A regional conference on strengthening border security between Sahel and Magrheb countries will be held by November 14 hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco.
The conference is to ensure follow-up and monitoring of the integrated strategy on the Sahel, particularly in terms of governance and security a minister from the Kingdom said.
For a long time, Morocco is aware of the importance of setting up a mechanism involving the countries of the Sahel -Saharan region, and strengthening interregional cooperation between the countries the Sahel, West Africa and the Maghreb
The Minister added that the meeting will support a strategy of guaranteeing an inclusive cooperation to face the transnational challenges that threaten collective security and stability of these regions.
UN chief also explained that the international community stands with the people of the Sahel. “We need an approach that breaks down institutional barriers and joins up political, security, development and humanitarian efforts throughout the region”, he quoted.
Eleven million of the 80 million people living in Sahel states lack sufficient food, the region has had three severe droughts in a decade and Ban noted that it is awash with weapons and has seen “horrendous violations of human rights”.
Earlier, the European Union and the World Bank pledged more than 6 billion euros as aid for Sahel countries.
The Moroccan top diplomat will meet with several African peers on security and humanitarian issues, and the development of an action coordination mechanism in the Sahel region on this international meeting.