AA / Rabat
A US-Moroccan military exercise in disaster management and disaster relief ended Thursday, according to the Washington embassy in Rabat.
“This four-week explosion risk management program highlights the strength of the US-Moroccan military partnership,” the embassy said in a statement.
And the American diplomatic representation to specify that elements of the National Guard of the United States State of Utah had carried out this exercise in the small town of Ksar Sghir (north), with the participation of the Royal Armed Forces.
The exercise includes a simulated large-scale industrial accident that requires searches for survivors under rubble and rescues at sea, extinguishing fires at industrial facilities in an environment containing hazardous materials, as well as management crisis at the national level.
“These joint training programs are an essential component of the close and solid partnership between Morocco and the United States,” the statement said, quoting Major General Michael Turley, Commander-in-Chief of the Utah National Guard.
“We are constantly working closely with our Moroccan partners to deal with a range of potential threats, including natural disasters or industrial accidents, in addition to the usual security concerns,” he adds.
On October 2, Morocco and the United States signed an agreement to strengthen military cooperation for a period of 10 years.
The armies of the two countries have also organized, since 2007, the largest maneuvers in Africa called “African Lion” and which take place with the participation of several European and African armies.
* Translated from Arabic by Malèk Jomni
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