Security experts have called for more efforts and engagement in tackling terrorism in West Africa. The suggestions were made in Algiers on Tuesday during the working session of a global forum against terrorism in the presence of the African Union and the United Nations.
The experts reviewed activities carried out in the priority areas of the group’s plan of action. During the forum, Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs-Abdlekader Messahel, proposed ideas to establish more border security control and improve the living conditions of young people so as to dissuade them from joining terrorist groups.
He added that it is important to stop the sources of funding for terrorist groups, including ransom payments, drug and weapons trafficking which are powerful revenue sources used to fuel terrorism.
The forum was boycotted by Morocco which heads the Forum for the fight against terrorism. The absence was heavily criticized by Algeria’s foreign minister.