In July, the Spanish Prime Minister said that Morocco is one of Spain’s most important partners.
Rabat – Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska has reiterated Madrid’s determination to further strengthen diplomatic relations with Morocco.
The Spanish official held talks on Wednesday, September 4, in Rabat with his Moroccan counterpart Abdelouafi Laftit. The talks focused on the means to reinforce cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism, and irregular migration.
Morocco and Spain maintain strong diplomatic ties with regular cooperation in common interests, especially migration.
Migration is an ongoing issue for both countries. The ever increasing pressure urged Madrid to increase its activism in favor of Morocco at the European Union.
On top of the €140 million promised by the EU, Spain also approved an additional €32 million grant to Morocco to help with border control.
The Spanish official spoke with the press following his meeting with Laftit about the “direct” and “sincere” cooperation between the two countries in several security fields. He mentioned Morocco’s collaboration with Spain in the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism, and irregular migration.
Laftit also spoke to the press about the “excellent” relations between the two countries, emphasizing that decisions affecting the Rabat and Madrid “are made in close cooperation” between both sides.
The Spanish official recalled that Morocco’s efforts, in close cooperation with Spain, resulted in a 45% decline in the number of irregular migrants who arrived in Spain.
Grande Marlaska seized the opportunity to express his satisfaction with Morocco’s efforts in the fight against irregular immigration and its policies to regularize the status of more than 50,000 migrants from sub-Saharan countries.
The Spanish officials also extolled the success of the Spanish-Moroccan cooperation in the fight against terrorism. He said that the cooperation and coordination between the security services of both countries helped dismantle several terrorist networks and prevent many operations and criminal acts.
“The achievements made in this area are ‘tremendous,’” he said.
In July, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that Morocco “is today one of the most important partners in Spain. The close relationship that unites us is articulated around a dense network of shared interests to which my government has devoted priority attention in the last year.”
Sanchez said visited Morocco in November and December 2018. During the visits, the Spanish prime minister reiterated his country’s determination to further strengthen ties with Morocco.