Hammouchi reinforces security cooperation in Madrid

The Director General of National Security and Territorial Surveillance of Morocco, Abdellatif Hammouchi, participated in the Bicentenary of the Spanish Police
Abdellatif Hammouchi y Felipe VI
Abdellatif Hammouchi and Felipe V
  1. Security in West Africa

The Director General of National Security and Territorial Surveillance of Morocco, Abdellatif Hammouchi, has held a series of meetings in Madrid this week with several of his Spanish counterparts, especially the Director General of the National Police, Francisco Pardo Piqueras, and the General Commissioner of Information, Eugenio Pereiro Blanco.

In addition to his participation in the official celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the creation of the National Police Corps of the Kingdom of Spain, Hammouchi also met with the Secretary of State for Security, Rafael Pérez Ruiz, and the Commissioner General for Aliens and Borders, Julián Ávila Polo.

These meetings with the heads of the Spanish security services served to review the important results obtained in the field of security cooperation between Morocco and Spain, especially in terms of operational coordination and technical assistance to deal with terrorist threats and various forms of organized crime, in particular irregular immigration networks, human trafficking and drug trafficking, among others.

Hammouchi also discussed with his Spanish counterparts the different threats and security risks lurking in the regional environment of the two countries, as well as mechanisms to develop and expand the areas of bilateral security cooperation to address all these challenges and risks according to a common vision.

Hammouchi participated in the official celebrations of the 200th anniversary of the creation of the Spanish National Police Corps, at the invitation of the director general of this institution. He is the only African head of security and intelligence to take part in these celebrations.

Attendees at the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Spanish Police

He was accompanied in these celebrations by a security delegation representing the Directorate General of National Security and the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance.

The official celebrations organized by the Spanish authorities on the occasion of the creation of the National Police Corps were attended by King Felipe VI.

Security in West Africa

In the midst of the tensions and instability that the West African region is experiencing, especially in the Sahel, Morocco's role as a key player in maintaining security and peace is highlighted.

The daily Rue20 picked up a report by the Panamanian daily En Segundos where it noted that Morocco, with its prominent geographical location on the Atlantic coast, is considered a bulwark against turbulence in the region, thus contributing to maintaining stability in a tumultuous environment.

The report highlighted Morocco's efforts to revitalize the Sahara region, considered as a natural shield for the Sahel countries, which contributes to mitigating turbulences in the region through important economic projects that would benefit all neighboring countries.

He also highlighted the Atlantic initiative proposed by King Mohammed VI, which offers Sahel countries without direct access to the sea the opportunity to use the Moroccan maritime infrastructure in the Sahara to develop a port in the Atlantic.

This is seen as an opportunity to boost the economy of these countries, encourage foreign investment and extend influence from the Atlantic seaboard, as the King stressed in his last Green March speech.

The Central American newspaper also shed light on the relevance of Morocco's role in the region, being the gateway to Africa for international partners, especially the European Union, which relies on Morocco to fight illegal migration together with Senegal and Mauritania.
In short, Rabat presents itself as a key player in containing many of the threats arising from the turbulence in the Sahel region, contributing significantly to maintaining peace and promoting the values of cooperation, with the ambition to move forward.