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Morocco-Brazil Ink MoU to Strengthen Security Partnership

The Head of Morocco’s National Police (DGSN) and Territorial Surveillance Services (DGST), Abdellatif Hammouchi, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Director-General of the Brazilian Federal Police, Andrei Augusto Passos Rodrigues, on Tuesday in Agadir, to strengthen bilateral cooperation and exchange experiences with respect to security, MAP reported.

They signed the MoU at the DGSN-DGST Open House, during Passos Rodrigues’ working visit to the Kingdom.

The MoU opens cooperation channels between Moroccan and Brazilian security services to combat transnational organized crime, such as the trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances, terrorism, human trafficking and migration, firearms, ammunition, explosives and their components, money laundering, document forgery, and cybercrime.

The MoU also calls for the exchange of operational and technical experience in police training and capacity building, the exchange of information, technical tools, and technologies, as well as the support of joint investigations and inquiries, and the establishment of permanent contact mechanisms between the two parties.

“Organized crime has no borders,” Passos Rodrigues stated, “so law enforcement agencies need to remove existing barriers so that they can exchange high quality information quickly to enhance the security of our countries.”

He added that the signing of the MoU  with Morocco is just one of “many future steps” the two countries will take with respect to joint security cooperation, the official said.

The visit was an opportunity for the Brazilian police chief to see first-hand how the DGSN-DGST operates as he meandered through the Open House, and surveyed the services provided to citizens, and the objective of the  event to increase public awareness about community policing.

Morocco’s security services are playing a central role in international security cooperation, as a reliable partner capable of meeting growing security challenges, and serving as a regional hub of support for bilateral and multilateral police cooperation with various countries around the world.