Rabat - French President thanked Morocco’s King Mohammed VI for the "effective assistance" provided by Morocco after the Paris terrorist attacks, said the French Presidency in a statement following a meeting between both heads of state on Friday in Paris.
Rabat – French President thanked Morocco’s King Mohammed VI for the “effective assistance” provided by Morocco after the Paris terrorist attacks, said the French Presidency in a statement following a meeting between both heads of state on Friday in Paris.
The two leaders expressed the “shared determination of France and Morocco to carry out together the fight against terrorism and radicalization, and to work towards the resolution of regional and international crises,” the statement went on.
The two heads of state also “reaffirmed their full mobilization for the preservation of the planet and the success of the COP21 in Paris and COP22 in Morocco in 2016,” the statement added.
The French President and the Moroccan monarch hailed the “vitality of exceptional French-Moroccan partnership and its ability to renew itself to address common challenges.”
The meeting comes a week after the Paris terrorist attacks and following an eventful week in which Moroccan intelligence services played a pivotal role in helping French authorities to foil other potential terrorist attacks on French soil.
Thanks to the information provided by Moroccan intelligence services, French authorities were able to locate the whereabouts of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, suspected mastermind of last Friday’s carnage.
On Wednesday morning, French special forces cornered the Belgian national along with a female terrorist in the apartment where they were hiding in Saint-Denis, in Paris suburb. They were both killed in the assault.
On Thursday, French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said in a press conference that a country outside of Europe provided French intelligence services with key information that helped locate Abaaoud.
“It was only on November 16, after the attacks in Paris, that the Intelligence Services of country outside Europe reported that it was aware of his presence in Greece,” said today French Interior Minister.
“An intelligence service outside Europe suggested that he could be in France,” he added.