“Ours is a strategic partnership based on our work to advance our shared vision of a secure, stable, and prosperous North Africa and Middle East.”
Rabat – Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of State, has reiterated Washington’s unflinching support for Morocco, saying the North African country is an indispensable US ally in the fight for security and stability in the MENA region.
In a statement shared on the Department of State’s website on July 30, which marked 20 years since the coronation of King Mohammed VI, the American official congratulated the Moroccan King on the advances realized in various sectors.
“On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I offer congratulations to His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan people as you celebrate Throne Day on July 30,” Pompeo said.
The statement emphasized the significance of Morocco for the US’ ambitions in the MENA region, pointing out that Washington is poised to continue collaborating with Rabat to achieve their shared goals in the region. Those goals, the statement noted, have to do with “expanding security cooperation, deepening cultural and educational ties, and promoting economic opportunities.”
According to Pompeo, Rabat and Washington have a “shared vision” for stability and prosperity in Africa and the larger Middle East.
He said: “In the spirit of the longstanding friendship between our people and governments, we look forward to strengthening our relationship in the years to come. Ours is a strategic partnership based on our work to advance our shared vision of a secure, stable, and prosperous North Africa and Middle East.”
Pompeo’s congratulations to the Moroccan King came after President Trump’s, who sent his Throne Day message to the monarch on the eve of the celebration and noted that Morocco will remain a US ally in many areas, including security, anti-extremism, and trade.
In his message, Trump also highlighted “the fight against extremism in all its forms” as well as policy priorities for Africa as some of the “most notable” areas of the US-Morocco relations. Trump said, however, that the two countries “still have a lot to accomplish together.”