Former French Prime Minister We Must Quickly Reestablish Dialogue with Morocco

Former French Prime Minister We Must Quickly Reestablish Dialogue with Morocco

Rabat – Former French Prime Minister Jean Pierre Raffarin called on the French government “to quickly reestablish dialogue with Morocco.”Speaking to Europe 1 on Wednesday, the French conservative politician who served as the Prime Minister of France from May 6th 2002 to May 31st 2005, called for a quick resumption of dialogue with Morocco for more cooperation between the two countries’ intelligence.The relations between Morocco and France are strained. Morocco suspended cooperation agreements with France when half a dozen agents of the French judicial police went to the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco driven by three complaints raised against Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST), accusing him of torture.Following the terrorist attacks in France, a number of French influential figures called for strengthening security cooperation with Morocco.Former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua said, hours after the terrorist attack on the Paris office of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, that “he does not understand” why the relations between Paris and Rabat remain stressed since February 2014.Pasqua called on the French government to “immediately” restore security cooperation with Morocco.Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy also called for the restoration of relations between Morocco and France in the wake of the march held on January 11th, which brought together more than 3.7 million people across France to denounce terrorism.The former tenant of the Elysee said that France must work on strengthening ties with foreign intelligence services, including the reinforcement of relations with Morocco.France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the Senate, the upper house of the French parliament, that “judicial and police cooperation is not an option, but an absolute obligation. To find a solution to restore ties that should never have been cut with Morocco, I will go to Morocco soon.”

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