Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

13 August 2014

North Africa: Security Cooperation Among Maghreb Countries Enhanced, Says Sahrawi Government

Boumerdes — Sahrawi government highlighted the need for increased security cooperation among Maghreb states in order to deal with security threats relating to Morocco's export of drugs to countries in the region.

In a conference hosted Monday as part of the summer university of Sahrawi officials organised in Boumerdes, Algeria, the Secretary of state for information and Security Brahim Ahmed Mahmoud insisted on the need to increase cooperation between countries in the region to face security threats."

"The exportation of drugs by Morocco to the Maghreb region represents a threat to security and stability in the region," said the Sahrawi official.

Brahim Ahmed Mahmoud called the Maghreb countries to "realize the dangers that threaten peace and stability in the region," underlining the necessity to increase security cooperation to face such threats."

Morocco "exports drugs to the Maghreb region to destabilize it," he added.

According to report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 129 tons of cannabis were seized in the border regions of Morocco, which were about to be exported to neighbouring countries.

In addition, 83 tons were seized in Morocco and 33 in Burkina Faso, according to the Egyptian daily "Al Mouheet."

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