Terrorism heads agenda in Spain-Morocco talks

6th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

6 March 2007, RABAT - Terrorism and illegal immigration were expected to be at the top of the agenda in talks on Tuesday between Spain and Morocco.

6 March 2007

RABAT - Terrorism and illegal immigration were expected to be at the top of the agenda in talks on Tuesday between Spain and Morocco.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero also said on arrival in Rabat on Monday that Spain would be its African neighbour's best ally in the European Union.

In earlier talks between the two countries, illegal immigration was the most important subject discussed.

Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spanish foreign minister, who was attending talks in Rabat with Zapatero, said immigration had been the subject of tension for years.

But he said the two countries wanted to convert that into an "opportunity".

In recent years, the two states agreed tough new measures to crack down on the small boats filled with illegal immigrants which travelled across the Mediterranean to seek a new life in Spain.

Spain will seek to sign a deal which will clarify the position over children who travel with adults from Morocco to Spain.

Moratinos will also raise the prospect that both countries contribute to a World Bank fund intended for West African nations.

Spain has promised to give EUR 20 million.

Both countries will also seek to strengthen the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and to improve legal cooperation.

Zapatero will hold talks to the King Mohamed VI of Morocco.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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