Somalia and Morocco Discuss Prospects for Regional Stability

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Rabat – Chief diplomats from Morocco and Somalia have reviewed long-standing diplomatic relations between the two countries, calling for further cooperation in areas such as regional stability.

Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on Thursday held talks with his Somali counterpart, Mahmoud Abdi Hassan, on the sidelines of the inauguration ceremony of the International Research Center for the Prevention of Child Soldiers in Dakhla.

The center seeks to protect children from exploitation in armed conflicts, a very present issue in Somalia.

Bourita and Abi Hassan’s meeting also took place the same day that the UN General Assembly unanimously voted in favor of the new African Union mission in Somalia.

The new mission is expected to prioritize taking concrete actions against armed groups affiliated with al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as supporting the Somali government in its efforts to restore stability across the country.

The new AU Transitional Mission in Somalia (ATMIS) replaced the 15-year-old AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which failed to restore peace and stability in the country.

Political ‘brotherhood’

Morocco and Somalia have long-standing “brotherly” relations, reaffirmed the two chief diplomats during their Thursday meeting. Ministers also called for the countries to look at new areas of cooperation.

Over the past few years, Somalia has shown continuous support for Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara. This stance was clearly underlined by Somali authorities when Morocco launched an operation to reopen the Guerguerat crossing point in November 2020.