U.S., Morocco Discuss Joint Military Cooperation

U.S. army General, Stephen Townsend, commander of the U.S. Africa Command, met separately on Thursday in Rabat with Lt. General, the Inspector General of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (FAR) Abdelfattah Louarak and with Minister Delegate for the National Defense Abdellatif Loudiy.

A press release issued by the General Staff of FAR says the Moroccan-US talks tackled various aspects of bilateral military cooperation between the two countries and the means to further develop it.

The FAR Inspector General and the AFRICOM commander welcomed on this occasion the longstanding and strong ties existing between Morocco and the United States.

Military cooperation between the two countries focuses on training, joint exercises and the exchange of experiences & expertise to improve interoperability between the Royal Armed Forces and the US Armed Forces, adds the statement.

The partnership existing between AFRICOM and the Royal Armed Forces is based on mutual respect, trust and professionalism. This partnership is marked by the implementation of military cooperation programs, including the “African Lion” exercise, which is an annually scheduled U.S.- Moroccan sponsored military drill designed to improve interoperability and mutual understanding of each nation’s tactics, techniques and procedures.

During the meeting held the same day between the AFRICOM commander and Mr. Loudiy, the two sides looked into bilateral military cooperation, hailing the friendship ties and mutual trust binding the two countries.

The Moroccan-US military cooperation, which is dense and diversified, includes training, the exchange of expertise, logistical support, joint exercises, enhanced military interoperability, regular meetings of joint military commissions and frequent exchanges of visits by senior officials, says a communiqué released by the National Defense Administration.

The two officials also reviewed the security situation in the region and commended in this regard Morocco’s efforts, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, for the consolidation of peace and stability in the region.

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