The United States Secretary of Defense Mark Esper signed a 10-year military cooperation pact in Rabat, Morocco on Friday a few days after signing a related deal in Tunisia as he concludes on a North African tour aimed at firming up the battle against Islamist extremists in war-torn Libya and the Sahel-Sahara region.
Nasser Bourita, Morocco’s Foreign Minister, in a public address said, “Our long-standing alliance has not only endured the test of time. We have stood side by side throughout the major challenges that shaped the 20th century, and we have transitioned into the 21st century stronger than ever.”
The two nations share the same feeling as the United States sees Morocco as a key ally in the terrorist-dared area of the continent.
Dr. Mark Esper reciprocated, “Now more than ever, our two nations are working closely together to tackle the challenges of an increasingly complex security environment – ranging from counterterrorism and other transnational threats to regional instability and broader strategic challenges.”
Esper, on twitter defined the occasion as “A productive meeting with Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita” in the enhancement of strategic ties and cooperation between the two nations.
The goal of Esper’s visit was to buttress shared cooperation between the two nations as Morocco already hosts the biggest annual US joint military exercise in Africa, “African Lion” which has been temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The United States representative, expressed joy in the enriching 242-year old relationship between the two nations.
“Proud to co-sign a 10-year Roadmap for Defense Cooperation with Morocco’s Minister Delegate for the Administration of National Defense, Abdellatif Loudiyi, continuing our nations’ 242-year old partnership.” Said Esper