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Morocco, Britain discuss military cooperation and partnership

LONDON– The visiting British Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Mark Lancaster, had discussions with Military leaders in Morocco on Monday about ways to strengthen military cooperation.

The talks examined “mutual support, training, the organization of combined exercises, the exchange of information visits and participation in training sessions,”

According to a statement by the General Staff of the Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR), the discussions examined “mutual support, training, the organization of combined exercises, the exchange of information visits and participation in training sessions.”

Lancaster is in Morocco on a two-day working visit.  He was received by the host country Inspector General of FAR Abdelfattah Louarak and the Minister-Delegate for National Defense Abdellatif Loudiyi.

The British and Moroccan officials expressed satisfaction with the positive conclusions of the bilateral military cooperation and the excellent partnership between the armies of their two countries, a statement said.

The officials echoed a common inclination aimed at deepening cooperation, “particularly in the field of defense industry,” a joint statement said.

Adding, the cooperation “could be integrated in a mutually beneficial way through sustainable investment and industrial development partnerships.”

The two countries military cooperation is regulated by a framework agreement signed in 1993 and a status of forces agreement signed in 2013.

According to a release, joint military commissions are held annually to examine the various aspects of the military cooperation between the Armed Forces of the two countries.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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