Morocco and the US have had a special relationship since 1777, when Morocco was the first country to recognize the newly independent United States. In 1786, the US signed its first treaty of commerce and friendship with Morocco – the longest-standing such treaty with any nation. Morocco aligned with the Allied forces in World War I and aided American and British forces in World War II.
Under the leadership of King Mohammed VI and the last three US Administrations, the Morocco‐US relationship has advanced on economic, political, social, and security fronts, highlighted by a common commitment to combating terrorism, the 2004 Free Trade Agreement, the designation of Morocco as a non‐NATO Ally, and the signing of a $697.5 million Compact with the Millennium Challenge Corporation to reduce poverty and increase economic growth.
In recognition of this strong alliance, on September 13, 2012, Morocco and the United States launched a Strategic Dialogue—one of about two-dozen such agreements in existence.