Rabat – Abdellatif Loudiyi, Morocco’s Minister Delegate to the Head of Government, in charge of the National Defense Administration, received on Monday, March 29, Major General Hamad Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chief of Staff of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
Al Rumaithi is among a large military delegation visiting Morocco from the UAE.
A press release from the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces said that this meeting seeks to serve as an opportunity for the two officials to emphasize the “relations of fraternity and the quality of multifaceted cooperation” between Morocco and the UAE.
Both officials discussed ways of strengthening the Moroccan-Emirati military cooperation and steps to bring “it up to the level of the privileged relations and the strategic partnership that bind the two countries.”
On high instructions of King Mohammed VI, the General of the Army, Inspector General of the FAR, received the Emirati delegation in Rabat.
Officials held meetings in the presence of the Heads of Offices concerned of the General Staff of the FAR and of the Inspector of the Royal Air Forces, as well as members of the Emirati delegation and the Defense Attache near the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Rabat.
The meetings focused on various aspects of military cooperation between the two countries.
The Inspector-General of the Royal Armed Forces and the Chief of Staff of the Emirati Armed Forces expressed their satisfaction with the excellence and durability of the cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries.
The statement also cited support for the quality and the dynamism of the cooperation, based on “the deep and historical ties between the two brotherly countries.”
The two officials subsequently examined the various aspects of bilateral military cooperation, including means to strengthen the partnership through the promotion of interoperability between the Armies of the two countries, the sharing of experience and expertise.
Military cooperation between the Royal Armed Forces and the Emirati Armed Forces is governed by a framework agreement, signed in May 2006. It mainly concerns the areas of training, the exchange of visits, and operational, technical, and material support.
Morocco and the UAE cooperate together in different sectors.
The UAE is also among the Gulf countries that support Morocco’s territorial integrity.
UAE opened a consulate general in the city of Laayoune in November 2020, reflecting the country’s support for Morocco’s position regarding Western Sahara.