Morocco’s DGSN-DGST Chief Discusses with French Peers Means of Enhancing Cooperation in various security fields; Preparations for 2024 Olympics

Director General of National Police (DGSN) and Territory Surveillance (DGST) Abdellatif Hammouchi discussed with officials of several French security services means and ways to strengthen Moroccan-French cooperation in the fight against terrorism and organized crime, and to promote coordination and exchange of intelligence on various threats posed by extremist organizations and transnational crime networks.

were at the focus of talks held in Paris this week between Director-General of National Security (DGSN) and Territorial Surveillance (DGST), Mr. Abdellatif Hammouchi, and officials of several French security services.

Abdellatif Hammouchi paid a working visit to Paris June 26-28 at the official invitation of the French security services, few weeks before the 2024 Paris Olympics.
He held talks with his French counterparts of the National Police and Internal Security, as well as with Director-General of External Security of France on mechanisms for strengthening bilateral cooperation in various security fields of common interest, said the DGSN-DGST in a statement.

The DGSN-DGST Chief held a series of meetings with Céline BERTHON, and Nicolas LERNER, respectively Director-General of Internal Security, and Director-General of External Security of France.

The talks explored means and ways to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism and organized crime, and to promote coordination and exchange of intelligence and operational data on various threats posed by extremist organizations and transnational crime networks, the statement said.

Hammouchi also held talks with Fréderic VEAUX, Director General of the French National Police that examined mechanisms for advanced cooperation and coordination between the two sides in various security fields. A special focus was laid on the development of proactive mechanisms for risk assessment and data exchange, the perspective being joint action in securing the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris, the statement noted.

In tribute to the exemplary Morocco-France cooperation in various security areas, the DGSN-DGST Director-General was awarded the Gold Medal of Honor by the French National Police, in recognition of his efforts to consolidate and bolster security cooperation.

The visit provided an opportunity for the French and Moroccan sides to discuss ways to further strengthen their cooperation in a wide range of areas to combat transnational crime, especially smuggling of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, illegal migration and human trafficking networks, as well as practical mechanisms for cooperation in implementing joint security measures and operations.

The visit attests to the importance of boosting security cooperation between Morocco and France, which share many bilateral action and coordination programs and face common security challenges, the statement added.

It also reflects Moroccan security services’ commitment to international security cooperation to ensure effective contribution to combating terrorism and criminal threats at the regional and international levels.

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