Rabat - As Spain pledges to reinforce cooperation with Morocco on migration challenges, Morocco has requested €60 million in resources.
Rabat – As Spain pledges to reinforce cooperation with Morocco on migration challenges, Morocco has requested €60 million in resources.
Quoted by Spanish news outlet La Sexta on July 27, journalist Ignacio Cembrero said that Morocco’s Ministry of Interior has responded to Spain’s request for cooperation, asking for resources such as helicopters.
“Morocco has drafted a long list of resources, including vehicles, helicopters, riot gear and radars, worth 60 million euros to fight irregular migration,” according to La Sexta.
The Spanish cabinet has already approved Morocco’s request and forwarded it to the European Union “hoping that the EU will take care of the expenses,” said Cembrero.
The source added that Pedro Sanchez’s government has contacted Morocco to discuss solutions to migration issues, because Morocco serves as a country of origin and transit.
However, Morocco argued that authorities are already doing their best to handle undocumented migration.
Morocco’s response came after the meeting between France’s Emmanuel Macron and Spain’s Prime Minister Sanchez in Madrid on Thursday, July 26.
The two leaders addressed a message to Morocco and countries involved in migration, calling for further cooperation to curb migration.
Macron and Sanchez agreed that migration is “a global challenge that requires European responses.”
The meeting took place after hundreds of sub-Saharan migrants stormed the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on Thursday morning.
On Friday, the Spanish government adopted a law restoring the free “universal health system” that allows undocumented migrants to have access to health services.
The Spanish minister of health, consumption and social welfare, Carmen Montón, said after a weekly meeting of the government that “Spain enjoys a public health of high quality that we are very proud of. Today it is strengthened by recovering the character of universality,” reported Agencia Informativa Latinoamericana.