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The Interior Ministers of Spain and The Gambia are stepping up cooperation in managing migration flows

The Spanish Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska met his Gambian counterpart Yankuba Sonko this Monday, where both of them appreciated the cooperation on migration issues and in particular the coordinated work of the Joint Force to combat violence. Irregular immigration from Gambia which has had remarkable results in tracking human trafficking networks.

We firmly believe that this bilateral policy, the primary aim of which is to prevent departures in order to avoid loss of life and human rights violations by criminal organizations, was highlighted by Grande-Marlaska.

Spain and Gambia have been working together on migration issues since 2006, with the primary aim of preventing irregular migrants from leaving and fighting against criminal organizations that promote this activity. Since then, they have developed new areas of cooperation to collectively address the security risks posed by terrorism and cross-border crime, criminal activities exacerbated by the phenomenon of irregular migration.

Before their meeting, the two ministers took part in the La Moncloa Complex, the presentation of Focus Africa 2023, the program for the projection of the III. Africa plan contained Spanish external actions. This program, which is included in the 2021-2024 Foreign Action Strategy, includes the diplomatic actions of all Spanish institutional actors on the African continent, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal of the 2030 Agenda and the 2063 Agenda of the African Union.

Minister Sonko’s visit to Spain, led by a delegation made up of heads of departments and the Gambian embassy in Madrid, will last until next Wednesday. On the agenda are institutional visits where he can learn first hand about Spain’s experience in areas where it has shown great interest, such as the training model of state security forces and bodies, police investigations, scientific police, operational police operations and traffic safety management.

In the afternoon of this Monday, Minister Sonko will visit the General Directorate of Transport, where he will hold a working meeting with the team, led by General Director Pere Navarro and the main commanders of the Civil Guard Traffic Group, to operate the traffic management center.

The agenda of the Gambia’s Interior Minister’s visit will continue on Tuesday March 30th with a visit to the headquarters of the Commissioner General for Foreign Affairs and

Fronteras (CEFRONT) and the Canillas Police Complex of the National Police, where the Director General Francisco Pardo will show you the facilities and operation of the Scientific Police Unit.

Next, the Gambian delegation will go to the General Directorate of the Civil Guard, where it will visit the Operations Center and Coordination Center for Surveillance of Coasts and Borders at Sea (CECORVIGMAR), equipped with the most modern means and equipment to perform its permanent command and control function through the various units of the corps in matters of surveillance of the maritime borders.

It will also hold a working meeting with various commandos of the Civil Guard under the direction of their General Director Mara Gmez, in which the director of the GAR-SI Sahel project will also take part, a European project in which the French gendarmera also take part, the Carabinieri of Italy and the Republican National Guard of Portugal with the aim of forming six rapid action units in the countries of the G-5 Sahel (Mauritania, Mal, Nger, Burkina Faso and Chad) and in Senegal; equipped and ready for use.

On Wednesday 31st, Minister Sonko will visit the official Academy of the Civil Guard of Aranjuez (Madrid), where he will learn about the teaching model implemented in the body, and then move to the Civil Guard Complex in Valdemoro, where he will attend Headquarters of the Reserve and Security Group (GRS) number 1 in Madrid.

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