Interior Minister Fernando Grande Marlaska met this Friday in Rabat with his Moroccan counterpart and the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs. The meeting, after which the Spanish minister praised the actions of the Moroccan security forces in the tragedy that killed 37 people and is being investigated by the prosecutor’s office. The meeting, which the Spanish media, which came to cover the event, could not access due to Morocco’s discomfort with the media coverage provided in Spain to the wives of dozens of migrants at the border with Melilla.
Both Grande-Marlaska and Ylva Johansson, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, have focused their analysis of the events on the “mafias” who they say throw dozens of migrants at the southern border and mourn the loss of life, but do not indicate any responsibility for any one of the states on both sides of the barricades.
“Two weeks after the violent incidents on the border with Melilla where 23 people died, in this sense we deeply regret the deaths of these migrants and wish a speedy recovery to the Moroccan gendarmes and Spanish civil guards who were injured in this violent attack on the border.” said the Spanish minister.
Fernando Grande-Marlasca explained that these facts determine the joint actions of Spain, the EU and Morocco to “manage illegal migration” and “resolutely counter violent criminal organizations and migrants.” According to him, the lives of migrants are in danger “because of the mafia, which uses all the means at their disposal to achieve those goals that we can really define as illegal.”
According to what was explained by the European Commissioner, the Spanish Minister of the Interior wanted to “reaffirm Spain’s commitment” to move forward in “cooperation with countries of origin, countries of transit, especially Morocco, which carries out the containment of important illegal migration, and this also needs to be recognized” .
He ended his speech in a video sent by the interior ministry itself, pointing to closer cooperation with Morocco. “We continue on this path of cooperation and coordination between the EU and Morocco in order to resolutely oppose illegal migration and with a clear goal, which is nothing less than saving lives,” he said.
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