Morocco Belgium to Foster Cooperation in Counterterrorism

Rabat – Morocco and Belgium discussed, Monday in Rabat, means to boost cooperation in the field of counter-terrorism.This came in a meeting between Moroccan minister delegate to the Interior, Cherki Drais, and a delegation of Moroccan-Belgian parliamentary friendship group, led by Belgian MP Andre Frederic.The meeting was an opportunity to discuss collaboration in the fight against terrorism, which constitutes a “major concern” for both countries, and to assess cooperation between the two countries, Frederic told the press after the meeting. Through this visit, the Belgian delegation intends to meet with Moroccan ministers and parliamentarians to “take stock of our common concerns to maintain a democratic functioning of our respective States,” he said, highlighting the common will to uphold the friendly relations between Moroccans and Belgians.During this meeting, Drais recalled the reforms initiated under the leadership of King Mohammed VI in various fields.He also highlighted Morocco’s political process, notably the 2011 constitutional reform and the last elections in 2016, underlining efforts made in fighting poverty and insecurity, particularly through the large-scale anti-poverty project National Initiative for Human Development (INDH). read more

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UN seeks more costeffective flight logistics in peacekeeping political missions

“While these assets provide essential logistics and military enabling capabilities, given their significant cost implications, the Secretary-General has asked the heads of field missions to systematically analyze and adjust the composition and utilization of their air fleet and to seek alternative solutions that may be more cost-effective,” UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told journalists in New York. Immediate changes include reducing fleets, limiting passenger movement to essential needs and cutting the number of non-mission passengers traveling on UN flights, and reducing the number of special flights. The UN currently deploys 58 fixed-wing and 157 rotary-wing aircraft in 12 peacekeeping missions and 6 special political missions, the Spokesperson said. The effort to reduce costs is being led by the Department of Field Support, which provides logistical support to the Department of Peacekeeping and the Department of Political Affairs. The policy change is part of the Secretariat’s “ongoing review of costs and the use of resources provided by Member States,” the Spokesperson added. read more

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