Spain, Portugal to cooperatein fight against terrorism

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21 October 2004, LISBON - Spain and Portugal have agreed to boost their anti-terrorism cooperation by exchanging lists of extremist suspects and putting in place a joint alert system for arms trafficking and the theft of explosives.

21 October 2004

LISBON - Spain and Portugal have agreed to boost their anti-terrorism cooperation by exchanging lists of extremist suspects and putting in place a joint alert system for arms trafficking and the theft of explosives.

The measures were announced late Wednesday at the end of a meeting in the southern Portuguese city of Faro between Portuguese Interior Minister Daniel Sanches and his Spanish counterpart Alonso Suarez.

"The fight against terrorism was considered a priority and we have decided to encourage the exchange of information between our two countries," Sanches told a joint news conference.

Both ministers said the aim of the joint anti-terror efforts was to combat the militant Basque separatist group ETA as well as Islamic extremist groups.

They added they had agreed to meet every three months to discuss security issues.

Portugal and Spain have stepped up their cooperation on security matters since the 11 March train bombings in Madrid, attributed to Islamic radicals, which killed 191 people.

The two ministers also agreed to set up joint teams to control illegal immigration, primarily from Africa, and draw up joint plans to fight wildfires in border areas between their two countries.

Portuguese border police have reported a rise in the number of illegal immigrants from north Africa who are crossing over the border from Spain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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