France thanks Morocco for counter-terror help ahead of summer Olympics

France thanks Morocco for counter-terror help ahead of summer Olympics
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin with Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouai Laftit in Rabat

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin praised Morocco's support in the fight against terrorism in the run up to the 2024 Olympics, during an official visit to Rabat Monday. The visit forms part of efforts to strengthen ties between the two countries after a rocky period and in the wake of a sharp downturn in France’s relations with countries across the Sahel. 

"Without the Moroccan intelligence services, France would be more affected by terrorism." Darmanin said in a meeting with Moroccan Interior Minister Abdelouafi Laftit, according to AFP.

The two nations will also collaborate to ensure security for the African Cup of Nations football tournament, set to take place in Morocco next year.

This visit is part of a series of high-level French delegations to Morocco aimed at revitalizing the French-Moroccan relationship. 

Recent tensions between Rabat and Paris, include France’s imposition of visa restrictions for Moroccan nationals in 2021. Morocco was also displeased with French President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to reconcile with Algeria, its regional rival.



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