Moroccan Senior Official Receives NATO´s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
In accordance with the royal instructions, minister delegate in charge of National Defence Administration Abdelatif Loudyi received, here on Thursday, NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Sorin Ducaru, who is on a working visit to Morocco at the head of a large delegation.
During the meeting, the two sides examined the various aspects of cooperation between Morocco and NATO at the bilateral framework and under the Mediterranean Dialogue.
They also discussed the means to strengthen this cooperation, said a statement by the National Defense Administration.
Talks focused particularly on cooperation in cybersecurity, including the exchange of expertise and support for training, the statement pointed out, adding that the two officials praised progress made in bilateral cooperation in these areas thanks to regular contacts between Moroccan and NATO officials.
The two sides underscored their willingness to further strengthen this mutually beneficial partnership.
Morocco is a member of NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue since its launch in 1994 and benefits from associate Status to NATO's parliament assembly.
The Dialogue reflects the Alliance's view that security in Europe is closely linked to security and stability in the Mediterranean. It is an integral part of NATO's adaptation to the post-Cold War security environment, as well as an important component of the Alliance's policy of outreach and cooperation.
The Mediterranean Dialogue's overall aim is to contribute to regional security and stability, achieve better mutual understanding and dispel any misconceptions about NATO among Dialogue countries.
Morocco is considered by NATO as a privileged and credible partner. Its relations with the Alliance are governed by the Individual Partnership and Cooperation Program, a work plan designed to consolidate defense capacities and inter-operability.
MAP 18 May 2017