Illegal Immigration: Spain, Europe Must Stand in Solidarity with Morocco, Sánchez Says

Spanish Government President Pedro Sánchez has welcomed the efforts made by Morocco to fight against illegal immigration mafias, stressing that Spain and Europe are called to show solidarity with the Kingdom.

Some people "sometimes seem to think that countries like Morocco do not suffer from illegal immigration. Spain and Europe must show solidarity with Morocco" in the fight against illegal immigration networks, said Pedro Sánchez, in an interview with  Spanish daily El País, published Monday.

"It is necessary to recognize the effort made by Morocco, which is also under pressure from irregular migration," Sánchez noted, adding that "the real culprits of the violent assault carried out last week by sub-Saharan migrants against metal fence separating the cities of Nador and Melilia, are the mafias."

"What happened at the fence [...] was a violent attack carried out by armed migrants", he recalled, calling for "an exercise of empathy with Spanish security forces and Moroccan public forces, who suffered a violent attack that left hundreds of law enforcement officials injured."

After mentioning that his country "has always defended regular and orderly migration," Sánchez underlined that collaboration between Spain and Morocco in the management of migration flows is "very close".

"The cooperative relationship between the two governments is frankly positive," he highlighted.

The last group assault attempt against metal fence in the province of Nador was marked by the use of unprecedented violence by candidates for illegal immigration against the elements of forces of order, which acted with professionalism and respect for laws and regulations.

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