On February 19, NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow saluted Morocco as a non-NATO ally and noted the country’s important security role in the region. Now, NATO has announced that Moroccan forces are joining NATO’s Interoperability Platform. As Defense News reports:
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has incorporated the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces into its Interoperability Platform and stepped up military cooperation and special forces training with Egypt, Tunisia and Mauritania.
Addressing the just-concluded NATO-Morocco Public Diplomacy Seminar held in Rabat, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said the new program is aimed at strengthening the defense and security sectors of partners in the Middle East and North Africa.
Vershbow said Morocco’s membership of the NATO Interoperability Platform will enable its forces to be trained to standards that will enable them to operate side by side with NATO forces in continuing and upcoming joint regional security initiatives against terrorism and religious extremism. [FULL STORY]