French Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian has acknowledged Morocco’s role in combating terror threats.
Rabat – During his meeting with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on Wednesday in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, west of Paris, Le Drian spoke about the Moroccan-French security cooperation.
The French official said the Moroccan-French security cooperation “is essential to respond to the threat posed by the return of foreign fighters from the Syrian-Iraqi” conflict zones.
Le Drian referred to Morocco is a “valuable ally in this common interest.”
According to Maghreb Arab Press, the two officials discussed efforts to tackle migratory pressures in both countries. Le Drian said that Morocco and France must respond to this issue in “a spirit of firmness, responsibility and humanity.”
Le Drian also spoke about cooperation between France and Morocco in education and youth employment, areas at the heart of priorities for both countries.
Le Drian said that both countries share the same vision of the importance of diplomatic ties between the EU and Morocco.
He added that both France and Morocco have common ambitions for the Mediterranean and cooperate closely on crisis resolution, especially in Libya.
Earlier this week, Bourita reiterated Morocco’s support for the UN-led process to find a settlement to the Libyan crisis during a meeting with the UN personal envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame.
Bourita emphasized that Morocco supports a Libyan-formed solution within the framework of the UN’s efforts as the only body capable of solving the problem.