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Friday 10 November 2017

Moroccan-US Exhibition "Operation Torch: A Shared Story" Opens in Casablanca

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Moroccan-US Exhibition

A Moroccan-US exhibition commemorating the 75th anniversary of the American landing in Morocco opened Wednesday in Casablanca, under the theme "Operation Torch: A Shared Story".

Organized by the Directorate of Military History, following High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of general Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), the exhibition highlights Morocco’s support provided to the Allies at the Second World War.

Speaking on this occasion, Brigadier General Abdennasser Sinnate, head of the Military History Directorate at the FAR General Staff, said that this exhibition is an opportunity to highlight 240 years of privileged relations between Morocco and the US, whose origins go back to the time of Sultan Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah and the first US president George Washington at the end of the 18th century.

He also underlined the important role played by the city of Casablanca in building bridges between occupied Europe and the US.

The organization of this second exhibition after that of 2006 is part of the military cooperation between Morocco and the United States in several areas, he noted.

For his part, US General Dar Craig said that relations of friendship between his country and Morocco were and will remain "exceptional", noting that military cooperation between the two countries continues to develop over the years.

He also recalled that Operation Torch is the code name given to the Allied landings on 8 November 1942 in Morocco, noting that the landing was the first major strategic setback of Nazi Germany.

In her turn, the chargé d'affaires of the US embassy in Rabat Stephanie Miley said the exhibition celebrates 240 years of Moroccan-American friendship, adding that Morocco was the first country to recognize the independence of the United States.

The opening ceremony was marked by the presence of several Moroccan and US military and civil figures.

The exhibition, which displays historical documents, pictures and uniforms, will run through December 7.