Morocco seeks to combat Islamist radicalism among emigrants
Morocco has called more than 100 imams based in Spain to a meeting in Marrakesh as part of its attempts to fight Islamist radicalism among Moroccan emigrants, the Spanish daily El Pais reported Friday.
Representatives of the Ministry of Islamic Affairs were to meet the imams over the week-end, reported dpa.
Moroccan government sources were not immediately available for comment.
The meeting was to discuss "the organization of Moroccan immigration in Spain from the religious point of view," said Mohammed Kharchich, a representative of one of Spain's Islamic associations.
Representatives of Italian Muslims were to meet in Marrakesh the same week-end, following a meeting of imams based in the Netherlands two weeks ago, according to El Pais.
That meeting sparked controversy in the Netherlands amid accusations that Morocco was interfering in Dutch internal affairs.
Some Spain-based imams rejected Morocco's invitation on similar grounds.
King Mohammed VI has launched a religious reform to fight radicalism, including the creation of councils of Islamic scholars on the regional level. A special council will attend to Moroccans living abroad.
More than 3 million Moroccans live outside their country, over half a million of them in Spain.
People of Moroccan origin were the main organizers of the Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people in March 2004.