On the eve of June 16, the day of the end of the 2023 edition of the African Lion, a ceremony was organized this Thursday at the headquarters of the South Zone General Staff in Agadir, in honor representatives of participating countries.
Speaking on this occasion, Major General, Inspector General of the FAR and Commander of the Southern Zone, Mohammed Berrid stressed that the “African Lion” exercise is an annual meeting for the strengthening of military cooperation with a view to promote regional and international security and stability.
It is also an “opportunity to strengthen the capacities of our forces able to meet the challenges and support the geostrategic and geopolitical changes that require the unification of everyone’s efforts”, he added.
In this sense, he stressed that the Kingdom of Morocco’s attachment to the principles of peace, security and coexistence has always been at the center of the High Guidelines of the Sovereign, Supreme Leader and Chief of the General Staff of FAR.
And to add that “African Lion is more than a simple military exercise”, assuring that it represents an example of the action of African States working in favor of the strengthening of security.
“This exercise brings together allies and partners to build bridges between countries and continents,” he said.
Agadir – General Michael E. Langley, Commander of U.S. Africa Command #AFRICOM greeted upon arrival by Lieutenant General Mohammed Berrid, Inspector General of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces #FAR#AfricanLion2023 @SETAF_Africa @USAfricaCommand @FAR_MOROCCO @USArmyEURAF @USArmy pic.twitter.com/L2Xy1vgV4T
— U.S. Embassy Morocco (@USEmbMorocco) June 15, 2023
This ceremony took place in the presence of the Governor of the American State of Utah, Spencer Cox, Major General Michael J. Turley of the National Guard of the American State of Utah and Brigadier General Brian T Cashman, Deputy Commanding General, Task Force Southern Europe, Africa, United States Army.
“African Lion” is a combined joint exercise organized each year by the FAR and the American Armed Forces.