The first Ministerial Meeting of Atlantic African States is being held this Wednesday in Rabat with the participation of 21 countries from the Atlantic coast, including fifteen represented at ministerial level.
It will thus be the occasion to conceive a common African vision on this vital space, to promote an African Atlantic identity and to defend with one voice the strategic interests of the Continent.
In this regard, the Ambassador, Director of Maritime Cooperation in Gabon, Malongo Iyangi indicated, in a statement to the press, that this preparatory meeting was an opportunity to consider the conclusions and challenges of the Declaration of Flap from 2009.
For her part, the Ambassador, Director of Foreign Policy in Cape Verde, Tania Romualdo, affirmed that the main objective of this meeting at expert level is to implement this initiative launched more than 10 years ago in Rabat.
The topics discussed during this meeting are at the center of the interests of the countries participating in this first Ministerial Meeting, she said, emphasizing terrorism and the different types of trafficking and illegal fishing, the blue economy , climate change and its impacts and biological diversity.
The meeting allowed experts to discuss the strengthening of the defense and protection of the Atlantic coasts against piracy and terrorist threats, for his part indicated the Nigerian Ambassador to Morocco, Albashir Ibrahim Saleh Al Hussain.
The work of this first Ministerial Meeting will revolve around three themes, namely “Political Dialogue, Security and Safety”, “Blue Economy and Connectivity” and “Environment and Energy”.