Time: 11:54 PM
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his
Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita discussed Tuesday a wide range of issues,
including efforts to combat terrorism in Africa and the "danger posed by Iran."
A Joint Communique on US-Morocco Strategic Dialogue noted that Pompeo
expressed appreciation for King Mohammed VI's "continuous and valuable support
on issues of common interest such as peace in the Middle East, Africa's
stability and development, as well as regional security."
Pompeo and Bourita "welcomed the holding of the "African Lion," "Lightning
Handshake" and "Epic Guardian" joint military exercises and discussed ways to
further deepen the excellent military cooperation at the strategic policy
They agreed to "sustain cooperation to advance shared interests in regional
stability and to defeat terrorist groups including AQIM and (IS), during which
Pompeo thanked Morocco "for its ongoing leadership of the Global
Counterterrorism Forum and for its sustaining role in the Global Coalition to
They also discussed joint efforts to combat terrorism in Africa, in
particular "to secure the enduring defeat of (IS) by enhancing the capacity of
security services in the region, including through a joint platform for
Pompeo and his Moroccan counterpart also discussed "the danger posed by
Iran and its proxies and discussed cooperative efforts to combat attempts to
spread Iranian influence in the region including in North West Africa."
Furthermore, both sides reiterated "their commitment to a closer economic
partnership and to developing innovative ways to maximize the US-Morocco Free