Head of the DGSN and DGST, Abdellatif Hammouchi, is among Africa’s most influential personalities in 2019.
Rabat – Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) and the General Directorate of Territorial Security (DGST) arrived in Italy on Sunday, September 2 for an official working visit.
Yassine Mansouri external intelligence agency (DGED) accompanied Hammouchi, sources told Moroccan French-speaking news outlet Le360.
The two senior officials are expected to hold talks with Italian counterparts on security.
State-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) has not yet posted news on the visit.
Morocco’s security services have international partnerships with several countries, including Spain, the US, and France. The countries have been collaborating in several fields in security, including counterterrorism and the fight against radicalization and extremism.
The 2018 Country Reports on Terrorism from the US Departement of State said that, “Following the August attacks in Barcelona, Morocco assisted the Spanish investigation and promised to expand cooperation to track terrorists of Moroccan origin radicalized abroad.”
The report also explained the cooperation between Morocco’s security services, including the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation, DGST, and DGSN.
“Law enforcement officials and private carriers worked regularly with the United States to detect and deter individuals attempting to transit illegally and to address watchlisted or mala fide travelers,” read the report.
Hammouchi’s policies in the security field are also well-recognized at the international level.
Jeune Afrique said earlier this year that Hammochi is the mastermind of Morocco’s efficient anti-terrorism mechanism. It also listed him as one of Africa’s most influential personalities in 2019, describing him as the “nightmare of terrorists.”
In 2018, Spanish news outlet El Pais also paid tribute to Hammouchi, describing him as “the man who never sleeps.”