CASABLANCA - Morocco's collaboration with Spain in the fight against terrorism is “invaluable”, said Spain’s Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido in an interview published by La Razon newspaper.
“Morocco is a friendly country, a partner and an ally – of Spain - in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and illegal immigration,” said Zoido, adding that the close collaboration between Madrid and Rabat on anti-terrorist affairs led to 12 joint operations that resulted in the arrest of 175 jihadists.
Spanish police and security authorities in Morocco have dismantled earlier this month a jihadist terrorist cell composed of six people, five of whom were arrested in Morocco and one in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in North Africa.
The arrests came weeks after attacks by Spanish extremists with Moroccan links that killed 16 people around Barcelona.
Zoido warned that the terrorist threat “has many facets and is constantly evolving.”
“It is only through unity and international cooperation that we can put an end to terrorism that seeks to destroy our way of life,” he said.
“The alarming rapidity of the radicalisation of some people necessitates work in the European Union to prevent and fight terrorism.”
Morocco and Spain are facing growing terrorist threat as The Islamic State group pushes to multiply operations outside Iraq and Syria.
Since mid-2015, Spain has arrested 202 people accused of links to extremism.