In execution of the 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 Alejandro Alvargonzalez, Deputy Secretary General of NATO.
A statement from the National Defense Administration indicates that this meeting took place on the sidelines of the seminar organized the same day in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on “25 years of cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the NATO in the framework of the Mediterranean Dialogue”.
During their talks, the two officials exchanged on various issues of common interest in the field of defense and security. While celebrating the quality and dynamism of bilateral cooperation, the two leaders did not fail to express their renewed determination to strengthen and deepen it, particularly in terms of strengthening defense interoperability, cybersecurity and cyber defense, the statement said.
The two officials also exchanged views on the security situation in the region, particularly in the Mediterranean and the Sahel, the same source added.
On this occasion, Alvargonzales welcomed Morocco’s leading role in the region and highlighted its active commitment to peace and stability. Loudyi stressed, for its part, the relevant strategy led by the Kingdom under the leadership of King Mohammed VI in the fight against terrorism and humanist management of the migration crisis, the statement said.
Governed by an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Program (IPCP), the “Morocco-NATO” cooperation is particularly concerned with the training of military personnel and the exchange of expertise in various fields. It is also punctuated by frequent exchanges of visits by senior officials.
The Kingdom of Morocco has been a NATO partner in the Mediterranean Dialogue since it was launched in 1994 and enjoys associate status with its Parliamentary Assembly.