Moroccan And Belgian Home Ministers Review Consolidation Of Cooperation In Security Issues
Moroccan interior minister, Mohamed Hassad, reviewed here this Monday with Belgian deputy-premier and minister of the interior and of equality of opportunities, Joelle Milquet, means to reinforce bilateral cooperation in security issues and in the fight against terrorism.
The Belgian official hailed, in a statement to reporters, the "excellent atmosphere of increasingly close collaboration between the two countries' security services and common visions on various problems, noting that the meeting, the second in two months, was meant to prepare the joint commission scheduled for February 18.
She also said the meeting was an opportunity to put the final touches to "a major convention on several cooperation agreements" related mainly to security, and the struggle against terrorism, organized crime and drug-trafficking.
Milquet applauded Morocco's decisions on immigration and steps taken to give undocumented immigrant legal stay documents, stressing her country's will to share its expertise with Morocco in the field.
"Morocco has taken a major step, not only in matters of immigrants stay conditions but also a genuine migration policy, which is a very positive sign", she insisted.
Regarding the situation of Moroccans living in Belgium, estimated at some 300,000 persons, the Belgian official said the Moroccan community "has brought tremendous richness in all fieds, true diversity, qualified young people and a vibrant middle class."
This diversity is "not a problem but a chance for civilization to move forward", she also said.