Morocco, Ireland to reinforce anti-terror efforts

Rabat (UNA-OIC) Morocco’s Minister of Justice Mohammed Aujjar and Head of the Irish Senate Denis O’Donovan met on Thursday in Rabat to discuss the potential cooperation in the fight against terrorism and human trafficking.

After the meeting, Aujjar told reporters that he briefed the Irish official on Morocco’s justice reforms and efforts to fight against terrorism, illegal immigration, and human trafficking, Morocco World News reported.

According to O’Donovan, the three-day official visit to Rabat aims at strengthening relations between the countries and its legislative institutions.

The Irish official saluted Morocco’s justice system, which respects gender equality, separation of powers, and respect for human rights.

The Irish official was impressed by Morocco’s weight on the continent as both democratic and economic levels.

Morocco currently cooperates with several European countries in international anti-terror efforts, including France and Spain. In September 2017, Morocco’s security services assisted French authorities in the arrest of three individuals suspected of engaging in terrorism. Additionally, Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said in February 2017, that cooperation with Morocco is fundamental in combating terrorism, and human and drug trafficking.

In late December, Zoido reiterated his comments on Spanish-Moroccan anti-terrorist collaboration, after the arrest of four individuals suspected of disseminating propaganda supporting terrorist groups in Tangier, Barcelona, and Madrid. The joint operation was carried out by Spanish and Moroccan authorities.

Morocco has established itself as a world model of success in combating terror acts. Moroccan authorities have dismantled more than 127 terrorist cells since 2002, 51 of which were linked to Daesh.

Head of Morocco’s Counter-terrorism Bureau (BCIJ), Abdelhak Khiam, told French news outlet Le Monde in February that his staff has managed to dismantle 49 terror cells since 2015.

Forty-four of the 49 terror cells dismantled since 2016 maintained direct links to the so-called (ISIS). According to the BCIJ chief, 772 people linked to ISIS terror group have been arrested since the creation of BCIJ in 2015.

Source: International Islamic News Agency