Professor at Nouakchott University Souleiman Al-Sheikh Hamdi suggested Friday to coordinate the efforts aimed at improving the security situation in the Sahel region with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), underlining that it can play a stabilizing role in this region.
Speaking in an international webinar on the security and stability in the Sahel region and North Africa, organized in Brussels under the theme: “SADR, factor of regional security and stability,” Hamdi pointed out that the security challenges in the Sahel could be overcome only if SAR is involved in the efforts aimed at reaching security and stability in this region.
He underlined that “the Sahrawi Republic has a close social and geographic link with the Sahel countries, and that it is obvious to take into consideration the fact that its security is dependent on the security of the whole region.”
He said that “SADR has already demonstrated its capacity in the field of security, notably through the cooperation and coordination with Mauritania in terms of securing common borders, the fight against international smuggling, terrorist groups and all forms of instability.”
Souleiman Al-Sheikh affirmed that “one of the most important challenges in the countries of the Sahel region, currently, is drug trafficking.” These activities, according to him, “have transformed the whole region into a hub for illegal activities because of the absence of real control.”
The webinar is organized by the European Coordinating Conference for Support to the Sahrawi People (EUCOCO), in partnership with the Center of Studies and Information Ahmed Baba Miska.
This event was marked by the participation of academics from Spain, France and USA, alongside Habouha Barika, an expert in security, who presented an exhaustive report on SADR’s role in establishing security and stability in the region and on the efforts made by the Sahrawi Army in their fight against drug trafficking, terrorism and illegal migration.