US Commander of AFRICOM praises Morocco-US security partnership

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Michael Langley, America’s top Africa-focused military official, hailed the U.S.-Morocco security partnership strength during his first visit to the Kingdom since since his arrival at the head of the American Command for Africa (AFRICOM), last August.

During his two-day visit, on October 17 and 18, General Langley met in Rabat with senior Moroccan military officials, including General Belkhir El Farouk, Inspector General of the Moroccan Armed Forces (FAR) as well as Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister delegate to the Head of Government responsible for the administration of National Defence.

“It is a great honor for me to make my first trip to the Kingdom of Morocco in my new capacity as American Commander of AFRICOM. It is clear that the US-Moroccan commitment to supporting regional peace and security is stronger than ever.”General Langley said after meeting with Moroccan officials. “Our military partnership is built on deep historical ties that date back to the very founding of the United States. Our discussions today focused on how we can continue to work together on a range of important security-related issues, and continue to ensure regional stability,” he continued.

General Langley’s visit comes just weeks before a major milestone in the history of US-Moroccan relations, namely the 80th anniversary of Operation Torch. In November 1942, 30,000 American soldiers landed in Morocco to protect the region from Nazi tyranny during World War II. General Langley received a presentation on the anniversary of Operation Torch and its importance for US-Moroccan relations during a visit to the FAR Military History Directorate in Rabat.

The directorate is collaborating with the Utah National Guard, the United States Embassy and the American Legation in Tangier, to organize a temporary exhibition on Operation Torch at the National Library of the Kingdom of Morocco (BNRM), open to the public in mid-November.

Morocco coordinates closely with the United States on many important security issues. It participates in more than 100 military exercises and events each year, hosts

African Lion is the largest annual military exercise on the African continent and remains a major partner in U.S. international military education and training and foreign military sales programs.

Preparations are already underway to hold military exercise African Lion 2023. The 2022 exercise was the largest since the launch of this annual training event in 2004, involving thousands of U.S. and Moroccan military personnel at event sites. across the Kingdom.

Two years ago, in October 2020, Morocco and the United States signed a “Roadmap for Defense Cooperation” spread over ten years, which outlines cooperation in priority areas, in particular the strengthening of Morocco’s military modernization and concerted efforts to respond effectively to regional threats.

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