Grande-Marlaska reaffirms Spain's commitment alongside Morocco

The Spanish Interior Minister, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, reaffirmed his country’s commitment to continue collaborating with Morocco in migration management and the fight against human trafficking mafias.

”I reiterate once again Spain’s commitment to continue collaborating with countries of origin and transit, in particular with Morocco, which is doing important work and must be recognized as such’‘, underlined Grande-Marlaska in a statement published on Saturday by the Spanish Ministry of the Interior, the day after the meeting, held on Friday in Rabat, with the European Commissioner for Internal Affairs, Ylva Johansson, and the Minister of Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit.

Welcoming ”agreements reached at the Rabat meeting”the Spanish Minister indicated that this commitment ‘‘shows that we continue to work together’ to deal with the challenges of illegal immigration.

After the assault ”violent” of June 24, “we are more determined to deepen the management of irregular migration and to firmly deal with criminal organizations that use violence and migrants to achieve their illicit objectives”, he insisted.

”We will continue to work in depth to put in place the necessary and precise means to save the lives that are endangered by the criminal mafias, and we will continue on the path of cooperation between Morocco and the EU, in order to deal firmly with irregular immigration’‘, continued Fernando Grande-Marlaska.

The European Commission and Morocco launched, on Friday in Rabat, a renewed partnership on migration and the fight against human trafficking networks, particularly following the emergence of new extremely violent methods of operation adopted by these criminal networks.

The new operational partnership in the fight against human trafficking between Rabat and Brussels may cover in particular support for border management, the strengthening of police cooperation, including joint investigations, awareness of the dangers of irregular migration , as well as the strengthening of cooperation with the European Union agencies responsible for home affairs.

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