Terrorism – Italy Eyes Morocco’s Experience in Combating Radicalization (Italian Official)

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Italy follows closely the Moroccan experience in the fight against Islamic radicalization, said Italian under-secretary of state for Judicial Affairs, Gennaro Migliore while on visit to Morocco this week.

In a statement to the press after his talks on Friday with Justice minister, Mohamed Aujjar, the Italian official said his country aspires to strengthen cooperation with Morocco and take advantage of the Moroccan experience in the fight against radicalization.

“The purpose of our delegation’s visit is to develop cooperation between the two countries in a number of areas, notably in terms of the penal and penitentiary systems,” he said.

The Italian official also expressed his country’s willingness to take advantage of Morocco’s experience in combating radicalization, commending the role played in this regard by the Mohammed VI Institute for the training of Imams, Morchidines and Morchidates.

“Morocco and Italy can contribute to making the Mediterranean an area of peace,” he said.

For his part, Aujjar highlighted Italy’s key position in the Mediterranean area, stressing that Morocco aims to strengthen its relations with this “exceptional” country in various fields, notably those related to judicial administration, in addition to exchanging experiences in criminal and civil legislation.

He also said that these talks, which took place on the sidelines of the International Conference on “Arbitration and Mediation in the Middle East and Africa”, were an opportunity for the Italian party to learn about Morocco’s experience in the management of penal and prison policy, legislation and the fight against all forms of radicalism and extremism.

Aujjar added that his department is currently working on the preparation of Moroccan-Italian draft agreements in the judicial field and related legislation.

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