On July 16, Italian Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese visited Morocco, where she held talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad Nasser Bourita, the Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit, and the Minister of Habous and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Taoufiq.
The talks focused on the implementation of the Italy-Morocco strategic partnership, the strengthening of cooperation in the security sector, the management of migratory flows, the fight against organized crime, and finally on interreligious dialogue. As stated in a note released by the Ministry of the Interior, the meetings offered the opportunity to take stock of the current state of collaborative relations between two countries, which are united by bonds of friendship, also thanks to the important Moroccan community present in Italy, the biggest extra-European community residing on Italian territory.
Ms. Lamorgese described the visit as “a tangible demonstration of the strong bond existing between the two countries“, highlighting the excellent state of the relations between the two countries and underlining Italy’s firm will to “further progress and increase the level of exchange, both cultural and commercial, on the basis of shared values inspired by a balanced policy and openness to discussion ». The Minister also stated that “Morocco is an essential partner for any effective strategy on the front of migration, security and development”.
The meeting the Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit focused on various issues, including those of migration, security and the fight against terrorism. The parties addressed the issue of unaccompanied underage migrants that residing illegally on Italian territory, and Mr. Laftit confirmed Morocco’s commitment to collaborate in their repatriation.
The Ministers then focused on police cooperation between the two countries, with particular attention to the fight against terrorism and organized crime. Mr. Laftit expressed satisfaction for the positive collaboration between Italian and Moroccan security services, characterized by a structured coordination and a permanent exchange of information and intelligence, and expressed his hope for the strengthening of this cooperation, given the several challenges that the two countries face together.
“Police cooperation between the two countries – stated Ms. Lamorgese – is excellent and, thanks to the Agreement against terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking signed in 1987 and other conventional instruments, it has enriched over time“, then adding at the end of the meeting: “we are ready to strengthen our bilateral collaboration in preventing and combating radicalization, extremism and terrorism also through greater sharing of experiences and information between our police forces“.