LONDON ø Morocco and Spain, less than two years after coming to
blows, have launched formal security cooperation.
The two countries signed an agreement on May 20 meant to bolster
cooperation in the battle against Islamic insurgency groups, drug
trafficking and illegal migration. Officials from both countries said the
agreement would include an exchange in intelligence, training and security
"We have to learn lessons from what has happened and share information
quickly," Spanish Justice Minister Juan Lopez Aguilar said.
The agreement called for the establishment of a committee to help
coordinate counter-insurgency and other security efforts, Middle East Newsline reported. The panel would
also help in the area of joint investigations as well extraditions.
Officials said a judge from Morocco would be based in Spain and a
Spanish judge would be in Rabat to facilitate extradition and other judicial
procedures required for the battle against insurgency groups and organized
Moreover, officials said, Spain would help Morocco improve its legal
system. They did not rule out Spanish aid to bolster Morocco's security
The two countries came to blows regarding a dispute over a tiny empty
island in 2002. A reconciliation took place in wake of the March 11
train bombings in Madrid in which 200 people were killed.
Moroccan nationals comprised 14 out of the 18 people charged in the
Madrid attacks. Moreover, six out of seven insurgents who blew themselves up
in a battle against Spanish security forces in April were identified as