On Monday, the Public Prosecutor’s Offices of Morocco and Saudi Arabia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to further strengthen the cooperation between the two institutions. This included a joint memorandum of cooperation in investigations of money laundering and transnational organized crimes. In addition, the MoU welcomes the possibility for the conduct of joint training sessions in the field of justice and to mobilize internationally to fight against organized crime. These joint efforts equally extend to the exchange of information such as published researched, experience and new technologies.
This MoU follows a series of measures between the two States to enhance their bilateral framework. From the MoU between Nazaha and the Moroccan National Authority for Probity, Prevention and the Fight against Corruption (“INPPLC”) in September 2022, to the more recent MoU between Morocco’s National Security and Territory Surveillance (“DGST”) and Saudi Arabia’s State Security agency in January on combating terrorism and its financing: it is evident that cooperation and coordination are being applied holistically to tackle all forms of transnational crime.
In order to combat threats to the MENA area, including terrorism and other organized crime, Morocco has increased its security collaboration with numerous states, both within the Arab world and globally. This MoU, the ones that have preceded it, and the inevitable MoUs to come, are a testimony to the strong ties between Saudi Arabia and Morocco, and their common aim the fight financial crime.
“Sheikh Al-Muajab stressed the depth of relations between Saudi Arabia and Morocco, adding that the visit comes within the framework of cooperation and joint coordination between the two sides in the judicial and parliamentary fields…not[ing] the continuous development that the two countries are witnessing at all levels, based on the constants and common visions that bring them together towards various issues.”