Brussels – Morocco took part on Thursday in Brussels in the meeting of defense ministers of countries in the coalition against ISIS terrorist organization.
The Moroccan delegation to the meeting was led by Abdellatif Loudiyi, minister delegate for national defense administration.
The event, held on the sidelines of NATO defense ministers meeting, focused on examining means to step up the fight against ISIS. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that NATO’s continuous adaptation requires fairer burden-sharing among Allies.
He noted that, after many years of cuts, defense spending in 2016 increased in real terms by 3.8% among European Allies and Canada.
“It amounts to roughly 10 billion dollars more for our defense. This makes a difference, but it is absolutely vital that we keep up the momentum,” he added.
For his part Jim Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, underlined that “the Alliance remains a fundamental bedrock for the United States and for all the transatlantic community bonded as we are together.”