France and Morocco strengthen counterterrorism cooperation

2015-05-29 23:00
French President Francois Hollande welcomes Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane  prior to a meeting at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris. (Thomas Samson, AFP)

French President Francois Hollande welcomes Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane prior to a meeting at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris. (Thomas Samson, AFP)

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Paris - France and Morocco have vowed to strengthen counter-terrorism cooperation, four months after they resumed judicial cooperation following a year-long diplomatic rift.

After meeting with French president Francois Hollande on Friday, Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkilane said: "We had a difficult year of course, now it's behind us, and (relations) are resuming as if nothing had happened."

French authorities say counter-terrorism and the fight against radicalisation were at the top of the agenda for the meeting.

Both countries are deeply concerned by the large numbers of citizens leaving to fight with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.

Morocco suspended judicial cooperation in February 2014 after French police attempted to arrest the visiting head of Moroccan intelligence. Cooperation resumed in January.

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