Rabat - King Mohammed VI of Morocco is reported to have flown to France today on a private visit.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI of Morocco is reported to have flown to France today on a private visit.
According to media reports, the Moroccan monarch is likely to meet French President Francois Hollande during his private visit.
King Mohammed VI visited France last April just weeks after the French authorities accused Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST) of torture.
The judicial move had been prompted by lawsuits filed against the Moroccan official in France by Moroccan activists. The Moroccan authorities reacted by suspending cooperation agreements with France.
The situation was compounded after Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar went through a body search dubbed by Morocco as ‘humiliating’ by French authorities in a Paris airport.
In December, Mohammed VI chose Turkey instead of France to spend the holidays.
The move was described as an expression of royal discontent with France and its President François Hollande.
The King’s private visit to France comes at a time Moroccan and French officials attempt to ease a year-long tension and resume diplomatic talks between the two countries.
Moroccan Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid is currently in France holding meetings with his French counterpart Christiane Taubira to discuss judicial cooperation between the two countries suspended since early 2014.