Morocco’s government is deliberating on measures to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation with Spain, France, and Belgium.
Rabat – According to Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, Morocco seeks to strengthen cooperation with the three EU countries through regular information exchanges on human and drug trafficking and terrorism.
The public prosecutor-general at Rabat’s Court of Appeals, Moulay Hassan Daki, voiced Morocco’s intention to improve cooperation with EU countries during a meeting November 14-15 in Valencia, eastern Spain.
The meeting served as a platform to discuss tools to fight terrorism. During the symposium, Daki and European officials emphasized the need to increase cooperation between the two countries through exchange of information and experience to combat all international crime.
The officials also called for strong judicial cooperation and the use of intelligence data from friendly countries to counter the danger posed by terrorism.
Ever since the Marrakech terror attack in 2011, Morocco has modernized and upgraded its security system to fight radicalization and organized crime.
Morocco introduced the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) in 2015, which has monitored security threats across the country and assisted foreign security agencies to fight terrorism.
Morocco’s international security cooperation is well recognized. In a recent report, the US Department of State said that Morocco has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.”
On November 15, Morocco’s Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit and his French counterpart Christophe Castaner discussed on migration and security cooperation.
Castaner told the press that he discussed the most important issues for both countries with Laftit, especially counterterrorism and information exchange.
Both officials also discussed efforts by Morocco, Spain, and France to fight the trafficking of narcotics and migrants.
“The smuggling of migrants is a matter on which we must cooperate even more, given what Morocco is undergoing as a transit country, hence the need to support it and to be mobilized along with Spain on the side of Europe as well as of Morocco,” he said.