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Moroccan-Mauritanian Joint Military Commission Meets for Fourth Time in Nouakchott on Military Security Cooperation

Lieutenant General Mohammed Berrid, Inspector General of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces of the South zone, led a high-level Moroccan military delegation to Nouakchott, Mauritania, for the fourth meeting of the Moroccan-Mauritanian Joint Military Commission, co-chaired by General Berrid and the Chief of the General Staff of the Armies of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania.

The meeting is part of an ongoing effort to further enhance the strong ties and mutual collaboration between Morocco and Mauritania with regard to military affairs. They also discussed the recent attacks on Es-Semara.

Military cooperation between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania is governed by a memorandum of understanding that established the Joint Military Commission.

During the discussions, General Berrid commended the already excellent level of cooperation between Morocco and Mauritania and highlighted the positive outcomes that have been achieved in the fields of security and defense.

The Minister of National Defense, Hanenna Ould Sidi, also participated in the discussions, focusing on the ways to strengthen and develop cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the defense area.

In a separate development, Mauritania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Salem Ould Marzouk, met with Morocco’s Ambassador to Mauritania, Hamid Chabar, in his office in Nouakchott on Tuesday.

Ould Marzouk and the Moroccan Ambassador reviewed relations between Rabat and Nouakchott, as well as regional and international developments , according to a statement issued by the Mauritanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Four explosions late Saturday hit Morocco’s southern city of Es-Smara, resulting in the death of one person and injuries to three others, two of whom were seriously wounded.

The blasts occurred in several residential neighborhoods, including ZAP, Essalam, and some industrial areas, and damaged two houses.

Pro-Polisario internet sources, including the so-called “Sahara Press Service,” reported that Polisario militias were behind the explosions that targeted the three neighborhoods.