Morocco-US Defense Advisory Committee Holds 11th Meeting in Rabat

Rabat – In execution of the High Royal Instructions relating to the convening of the 11th session of the Defense Advisory Committee, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of National Defense Administration, Mr. Abdeltif Loudyi, received Tuesday at the headquarters of this administration US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Mr. Anthony Tata, who is on a three-day working visit to the Kingdom at the head of a large military delegation.

At the start of their discussions, the two officials expressed their satisfaction with the strength, excellence and sustainability of the privileged ties and the exceptional strategic partnership between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco, says a release issued by the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR).

They also highlighted their ambition to further develop these long-standing relations in the same spirit of friendship, mutual understanding and shared trust, the release added.

The two officials stressed in this regard the importance of the decision of the US administration to recognize the full sovereignty of the Kingdom of Morocco over the entire region of the Moroccan Sahara. This recognition makes the Moroccan autonomy initiative the only realistic, serious and pragmatic solution to the regional conflict over Morocco’s southern provinces, according to the same source.

The two sides also underlined that this historic event will certainly have positive impacts on the geostrategy of the region as well as on peace, stability, security and economic integration in the Maghreb, the Sahel and the Middle East.

Mr. Loudyi also highlighted the unwavering commitment, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, of Morocco as an important actor of regional stability and this, through the deployment of ”a multidimensional strategy in the fight against terrorism, illicit trafficking and the humanist management of the migration crisis.”

The two officials expressed their satisfaction with the positive results of bilateral military cooperation. This cooperation, which is regular, dense and diversified, concerns in particular the fields of management training, the exchange of expertise and the organization of large-scale joint exercises. It is also marked by the regular convening of meetings of the Defense Advisory Committee.

Mr. Loudyi highlighted the importance of consolidating military cooperation with the United States, inviting the US Department of Defense to further explore collaboration opportunities for the establishment in Morocco of joint defense industry projects, according to the same source.

On the same day and in execution of the High Instructions of HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the FAR, the Lieutenant General of the Army, Inspector General of the FAR, received at the headquarters of FAR General Staff, the US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Mr. Anthony Tata, in the presence of the Lieutenant General, Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie.

On this occasion and within the framework of the eleventh meeting of the Moroccan-American Defense Advisory Ccommitee, a restricted working session was co-chaired by the Lieutenant General, Inspector General of the FAR, and the US Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the source said.

Afterwards, a plenary session attended by members of the US delegation, the Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie and the heads of the organs of the General Staff of the FAR, to discuss Moroccan-American military cooperation and the prospects for its development.

To this end, the two delegations discussed the various aspects and orientations to ensure interoperability.

The meeting of the Morocco-US Defebse Advisory Committee, which is held every two years alternately in Rabat and Washington, is part of bilateral military cooperation which mainly focuses on the areas of training, military equipment and logistics, the release added.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse