Paris: “Without Morocco’s cooperation, Spain and Europe cannot dismantle jihadist cells”

During Le360 (with MAP) On 01/20/2023 at 7:04 PM.

Jose Manuel Albares, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation Jose Manuel Albares said on Friday that Morocco is a neighbor and strategic partner of Spain and Europe, stressing that Spain, Europe and Morocco “share vital interests.”

Morocco is a neighbor and strategic partner of Spain and Europe. We share with Morocco, among other things, the management and direction of illegal immigration, the fight against jihadism, the commitment to common development and the concern for Africa, ”said José Manuel Albarez, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, in an interview with the Spanish national radio. ENR.

The head of Spanish diplomacy noted that “without Morocco’s cooperation, Spain and Europe cannot dismantle jihadist cells and stop terrorists.”

In addition, Al-Pares noted that the upcoming high-level Moroccan-Spanish meeting “will be a very important moment” in the relations between the two countries, stressing that Rabat and Madrid “have entered a new phase with more solid foundations.”

“We have many vital interests that must be managed jointly. He pointed out that the high-level meeting is part of the Spanish-Moroccan road map that was adopted last April on the occasion of the visit of the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, to Morocco,” explaining that since then, all working groups Binary has been created.

Trade between the two countries increased by 31% to nearly 10 billion euros, making Morocco Spain’s main trading partner outside the European Union, excluding the United States and the United Kingdom, the support of Paris.

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He continued: In addition, all migration routes from Africa to Europe witnessed a remarkable growth, between 60 and 150%, while arrivals to Spain decreased by 30%, thanks to the cooperation of Morocco.

On the basis of the new roadmap, the two countries commit, among others, to dealing with issues of mutual interest in a “spirit of trust and consultation”, while reactivating working groups established between the two countries to relaunch bilateral multi-sectoral cooperation. .

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