French FM to travel to Morocco for first time since February row over torture allegations

By REUTERS
January 15, 2015 18:36

 
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PARIS - France's foreign minister will soon travel to Morocco to temper a row with its former colony almost a year after it suspended judicial cooperation between the two states leaving gaps in security coordination over Islamic militants.

The rare diplomatic spat between Paris and Rabat first broke out last February after French police went to the Moroccan Embassy in Paris seeking to question the head of the domestic intelligence service (DRT) over torture allegations.

That followed lawsuits filed against him in France by French-Moroccan activists.

The dispute prompted Morocco to suspend judicial cooperation with France, a move that activities such as joint investigations, prisoner transfers and extraditions.

That has also impacted security cooperation at a time when hundreds of French and thousands of Moroccan nationals are believed to have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join Islamic State, which controls large swathes of those countries.

Rabat has also been keeping a close eye on relations between France and Algeria which have warmed up considerably since President Francois Hollande took office in 2012.

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