Othman Jerandi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Migration and Tunisians Abroad, during the meeting of the Ministerial Council for Peace and Security of the African Union (PSC), held Thursday, September 22, 2022, considered it necessary to address the root causes of terrorism and violent extremism including poverty, marginalization and lack of food security.
The meeting was organized on the sidelines of the high-level proceedings of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In his speech, Jerandi highlighted the major and decisive role of regional organizations in the fight against terrorism in Africa. He called for the need for a comprehensive and multidimensional approach at the national, sub-regional and regional levels to combat this scourge.
He also highlighted the contribution of civil society and the private sector to the fight against terrorism and extremism.
He stressed, in this context, that respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms and the sovereignty of the law are an integral part of this approach.
The minister recalled Tunisia’s incessant calls during its tenure as a member of the Security Council and its chairmanship of the Anti-Terrorism Committee (UN), to strengthen regional cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs also mentioned Tunisia’s commitment, as a member of the AU Peace and Security Council (2022/2024), to actively contribute to regional peacekeeping efforts. and security in Africa.
He mentioned the need for political will to boost this cooperation, particularly at the level of the exchange of information and judicial cooperation to judge terrorists and take concrete measures to disarm them.
Jerandi insisted, in the same vein, on cyber security, in order to control the activities of terrorist groups on the Internet, calling for all efforts to be combined at the international level to fight against terrorism.
To this end, he reiterated Tunisia’s call to provide sustainable funding for the fight against terrorism in Africa and to implement the decision of the Heads of State and Government adopted in July 2016 establishing the Special Fund for the AU for preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism.