Loudyi and the Inspector General of the FAR, receive the British High Defense Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa

The British High Defense Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa, Air Marshal Martin Elliot Sampson was received, on Tuesday, respectively by the Minister Delegate in charge of National Defense Administration, Abdeltif Loudyi, and the Lieutenant General, Inspector General of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) and Commander of the Southern Zone, on Very High Royal Instructions.

A press release from the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces indicates that in execution of the Very High Royal Instructions, Abdeltif Loudyi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of the Administration of National Defense, received, Tuesday at the headquarters of this Administration, Air Marshal Martin Elliot Sampson, British High Defense Adviser for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), on an official visit to the Kingdom of Morocco.

During this meeting, which was held in the presence of the British Ambassador in Rabat, the two officials expressed their satisfaction with the excellence and durability of the privileged ties that unite the two Kingdoms, and highlighted their ambition to further develop these centuries-old relations, according to the same source. The two officials also exchanged views on the regional security situation, particularly in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and the Sahel, and stressed the need to consolidate defense cooperation in the service of peace and regional stability.

In this regard, while highlighting the historic role that Morocco has always played in promoting peace and stability in the Middle East and Africa thanks to the far-sighted vision of His Majesty the King, may God Assists him, the two officials also reviewed the various aspects of bilateral cooperation and the ways and means to further strengthen it in areas of common interest.

On the same day, and on the High Instructions of the King, Supreme Chief and General Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, the General of the Army Corps, Inspector General of the FAR and Commander of the Southern Zone, received, at the level of the General Staff of the FAR in Rabat, Marshal E. Sampson, continues the press release.

After qualifying relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom as “historic, dynamic and exceptional, based on friendship and mutual trust”, the two officials discussed the various areas of bilateral cooperation between the Royal Armed Forces and the British Armed Forces. This cooperation covers training, the exchange of visits and experience, and the organization of combined exercises, such as the “Jbel Sahara” exercise.

On this occasion, and in accordance with the High Directives of His Majesty the King, Supreme Leader and Chief of the General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, the Lieutenant General expressed the will of the Royal Armed Forces to continue to work for further promote bilateral military cooperation, and also expand it to other areas of common interest, including maritime security, special forces, defense industry and artificial intelligence, the statement added.

Moroccan-British military cooperation is governed by a Framework Agreement for Military and Technical Cooperation signed in 1993, as well as an Agreement on the Status of Forces signed in 2013. The bilateral activities to be undertaken are scheduled according to a schedule established by a commission which is held annually and alternately in Rabat and London.

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