By Maria Kuiper
By Maria Kuiper
Rabat – US Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Karem met Abdeltif Loudyi, Morocco’s minister in charge of national defense, on Tuesday to reinforce the relationship of the two countries and vitalize security cooperation.
Loudyi and Karem duly recognized their desire to continue developing a long relationship in modern defense systems, capacity building, and ability to cooperate with each other.
Loudyi emphasized Morocco’s commitment to the fight against terrorism as well as deal with migration in the Mediterranean and the Sahel-Saharan strip.
As a part of Karem’s two-day visit to Morocco, the two nations reviewed their similar cooperation in training personnel, as well as interchanging expertise and joint exercises.
The US and Morocco hold annual joint exercises in Morocco, called African Lion, together with partners from 13 other countries, designed to improve the understanding of each nation. In April this year, the exercises involved techniques and procedures to counter violent extremist organizations.
The Moroccan minister drew attention to Morocco’s responsibility in preserving regional stability as well as helping other African countries’ economic development and armies through training and relaying knowledge.
The two countries exhibited their contentment with the sustainable partnership they have upheld and wish to further this friendship, understanding, and trust.
Moroccan and US relations date back to the United States’ founding, which makes Morocco one of the US’ oldest and closest allies. The security meeting lays a foundation for the years to come in the two countries’ companionship.