Morocco and Portugal want to strengthen national defence ties

Morocco and Portugal view the possibilities for strengthening their bilateral cooperation in the field of national defense, reported the Moroccan Ministry of defence through a statement.

Abdellatif Loudyi, delegated Minister in charge of the National Defense Department, has met with the Portuguese Minister of Defense, Jose Alberto Azeredo Lopes, currently a Portuguese delegation which is visiting Morocco. The Portuguese Ambassador in Morocco, Maria Rita Ferro, and Admiral António Manuel Fernandes da Silva Ribeiro, Commander of the Portuguese Navy, were also present.

The statement added that the cooperation between the two countries is based on an agreement which was signed in 1993. It aims to organise joint military training and to exchange expertise, reports Moroccoworldnews.

Morocco and Portugal have in recent years aimed at strengthening cooperation and the strengthening of their ties in various fields.

In 2014, the two countries 10 days of joint naval exercises carried out, aimed at increasing the expertise and creating a strong, multilateral naval force that is able to maintain peace in the region.

In the same year, said the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Morocco, Salaheddine Mezouar, that "the relations that bind the two countries, are exceptional thanks to the friendship and peace that the bilateral relations have always marked, enriched by our shared vision for the Mediterranean Sea and the regions of the Atlantic ".