Atlantic African States’ Ministers decided, on Wednesday at the end of their first ministerial meeting, to hold their next meeting in the Kingdom of Morocco. “At the end of their discussions, the Ministers of the African Atlantic States decided to hold a second Ministerial Meeting of the African Atlantic States, which will take place in the Kingdom of Morocco,” said the Declaration of Rabat which sanctioned the 1st ministerial meeting of the Atlantic African States, held in Rabat at the invitation of Morocco. The Ministers also called for strengthening transatlantic cooperation, particularly with Latin American countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean, and decided to meet on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2022. The ministerial meeting was an opportunity to develop a common African vision on this vital space, to promote an African Atlantic identity and to defend the strategic interests of the Continent with a single voice. This event was focused on three themes, namely, “Political Dialogue, Security and Safety”, “Blue Economy and Connectivity” and “Environment and Energy”. This Moroccan initiative confirms the Kingdom’s commitment to optimizing the strategic value of the Atlantic, and its desire to see all the riparian countries come together on both sides of the Atlantic around common principles and convergent interests.
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