Rabat – Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska has commended Morocco’s annual Marhaba Operation, a special service put in place by the Moroccan government to facilitate the transit of diaspora returning to Morocco during the summer months.
On Monday, the official said that the Marhaba operation is “the largest of its kind in Europe and one of the most important in the world.”
Referring to the good diplomatic relations between Rabat and Madrid, Grande-Marlaska said that the operation is an “example of good coordination between the different public administrations and between neighboring countries.”
The official made his remarks during his visit to the port of Algeciras in the south of Spain.
The Spanish official said that the”30-year expertise helped this operation to reach a high level of efficiency and coordination in its implementation, which resulted in fewer delays in ports and better services for travelers.”
Quoted by Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), he added that the operation involves the transit of over 3 million people and 700,000 vehicles between the European and African continents over 3 months.
“The aim is to help reunite families and friends on both continents.”
Grande-Marlaska also visited the new facilities of the Consulate General of Morocco in Algeciras and the Mohammed V Foundation for Solidarity, located in the city’s port service area.
On May 21, the Moroccan-Spanish Joint Commission for the 2019 Marhaba operation held a meeting to discuss the preparations for receiving Moroccan diaspora. The commission discussed the necessary measures to ensure the best conditions for the success of the annual operation.