World Bulletin / News Desk
France's foreign minister will soon travel to Morocco to temper a row with its former colony almost a year after it suspended judicial cooperation between the two states leaving gaps in security coordination over rebel fighters.
The rare diplomatic spat between Paris and Rabat first broke out last February after French police went to the Moroccan Embassy in Paris seeking to question the head of the domestic intelligence service (DRT) over torture allegations.
That has also impacted security cooperation at a time when hundreds of French and thousands of Moroccan nationals are believed to have travelled to Syria and Iraq to join ISIL, which controls large swathes of those countries.
Asked in the Senate upper house of parliament what France was doing to repair its security relationship with Morocco given the context of the attacks by fighters in Paris last week, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said:
"Judicial and police cooperation is not an option, but an absolute obligation given the (terrorism) phenomenon ... In the hope of finding a solution to restore ties that should never have been cut withMorocco, I intend to go to Morocco soon."
An aide to Fabius declined to give a timeframe.
There have been several other incidents that have provoked Morocco's ire, including comments attributed to a French diplomat on Western Sahara, one of Africa's oldest territorial feuds, that has been a sensitive issue for Morocco.
Speaking to Jeune Afrique on Jan. 9, Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar, who met Fabius in Paris at the weekend, accused France of not having the political will to oppose anti-Moroccan feeling.Last Mod: 16 Ocak 2015, 11:51