The USA and Morocco encourage Mediterraneans and Africans to join the PSI

The United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco encouraged all Mediterranean and African countries to join the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) and take part in future PSI-related events.

In a joint statement from the US State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, released following the closure of the PSI Meeting for North Africa, held from December 6 to 8 in Tangier, Washington and Rabat invited “all Mediterranean and African countries that have not yet joined the Proliferation Security Initiative to do so and to participate in future PSI-related events” .

The Tangier Meeting, “the first of its kind in the region”, demonstrated the partnership and commitments to counter the threats of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the region, underlines the same source.

Over three days, civilian and military officials from ten governments reviewed trends in WMD proliferation, international and domestic legal forums related to WMD interdiction, and issues relating to stopping and ‘inspection of shipments carrying suspected WMD, their delivery vehicles and related materials,’ the statement explained.

According to the same source, the event also included expert presentations, a scenario-based simulation exercise, in addition to a visit to the port of Tangier Med to observe a cargo inspection.

The PSI was established in 2003 to stop or impede transfers of weapons of mass destruction, their means of delivery and related materials to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern. .

To date, 107 States have endorsed the PSI Statement of Interception Principles and committed to take effective measures to interdict transfers of WMD in accordance with national law and international obligations, to adopt simplified procedures for rapid exchange of information and to strengthen relevant national and international laws and frameworks.

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