France National Assembly vote for Morocco-French Justice Agreement

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The bill authorizing the approval of the additional protocol to the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between Morocco and France was adopted Tuesday by the Foreign Affairs Committee in the French National Assembly.

The French government had pledged, on 15 April, the fast track of this bill.

The Additional Protocol, signed on 6 February in Rabat and which will be discussed on June 23 in the plenary of the National Assembly, tends to favor a more sustainable and effective cooperation between France and Morocco, in compliance with domestic law and international commitments of both parties.

Speaking during the discussion, the President of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the French National Assembly Elisabeth Guigou recalled the central place given to the judicial part in the 2011 Constitution, stressing the need to support Morocco in the continuation of reforms .

This protocol is a “strong political message of confidence in Morocco,” she has said, noting that the Moroccan reality has changed dramatically in recent years under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI.

The Additional Protocol should be seen as an act of confidence in the ability of the judiciary in Morocco and France to dialogue on good terms for better administration of justice and that judicial cooperation is in tune with bilateral cooperation Ms. Guiguo noted.

She has, in this regard, noted that Morocco is a key partner of France in the Sahel, the Near and Middle East and is an invaluable ally in the conflict resolution, whether in Libya, Mali even in the fight against radicalization.

For his part, President of the France-Morocco friendship group in the National Assembly, Luc Chatel said that Additional Protocol “in no way upsets what already exists” and “simply to facilitate the transmission of information between France and Morocco’s judicial system.

In his view, the text does not call into question the international commitments of France and will not lead to any systematic divest the French courts.

He stressed, moreover, that Morocco is a key partner in the fight against terrorism and radicalization, noting that France must be attentive to what is built in Moroccan society in which religion is lived in compliance and tolerance. He reminded, in this regard, the efforts made by Morocco in the training of imams, saying that 50 seats have been reserved at the Rabat Mohammed VI Institute for the training of French imams.

Le Chef du Gouvernement, Abdelilah Benkirane, s’entretient jeudi (09/04/15) à Rabat,  avec le Premier ministre français, M. Manuel Valls.

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