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Denys Bédarride
Wednesday 7 October 2020 Last update on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 At 4:25 PM

As part of US Defense Minister Mark Esper's North African tour, Washington and Rabat announced a new agreement for military cooperation spanning the next ten years.

The United States has just signed a military cooperation agreement with Morocco for the next ten years. This is what Nasser Bourita, Moroccan foreign minister, said at a press conference in Rabat, capital city of Morocco.

The announcement was made as part of US Defense Secretary of State Mark Esper’s tour of several Maghreb countries including Morocco. According to Moroccan authorities, this agreement will modernize the country’s military and defense industries.

For several years, Morocco has been one of the United States’s main African defense partners. In September 2019, for example, the US State Department approved the sale of arms for 1 billion dollars to the Sharifian kingdom.

At the end of June, the American company Boeing announced that it had received an order for 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters scheduled to be delivered to Rabat by 2024.

For Minister Mark Esper, “the agreement will open the doors to trilateral cooperation between Morocco, the United States and African countries”.

Source : Ecofin Agency.