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Morocco, USA Join Forces to Promote Disarmament, Nonproliferation

Morocco and the United States signed, Friday in Washington, a twinning agreement between Morocco’s National Laboratory of Scientific Police under the General Directorate of National Police (DGSN) and the renowned Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LNLL) in the United States, reinforcing bilateral cooperation in disarmament and nonproliferation.

Morocco’s envoy to the US Youssef Amrani tweeted the same day: “this milestone strengthens the enduring Morocco-USA partnership and reinforces our shared commitment to lasting trust, progress and enhanced cooperation”.

The agreement was signed at the US State Department by Assistant Secretary of State Mallory Stewart, Youssef Amrani, and a large Moroccan delegation including Director for Global Issues at the Foreign Ministry, Ismaïl Chekkori, representatives of the National Authority on the Chemical Weapons Convention, Police Prefect Taoufik Sayerh, and Divisional Commissioner Hakima Yahya.

The agreement will establish new methods to enhance scientific interoperability between the laboratories, leveraging “the strong existing diplomatic and political convergences in the respective visions for international peace and security”.

The Moroccan delegation emphasized the significance of this move, stating that the twinning agreement will strengthen bilateral cooperation and contribute to efforts in the areas of disarmament and nonproliferation, particularly the Chemical Weapons Convention.

The US Assistant Secretary of State praised the strong collaboration with Morocco, emphasizing that convergences with the Kingdom are not only appreciated but also respected.

“We have the shared ambition with Morocco to build upon what already exists, but above all to innovate and explore new areas to extend our exceptional partnership,” she stated. 

The signing of this contract “is part of this committed effort that drives our close collaboration and we look forward to seeing this relationship continue to deepen and diversify.”

This is a significant step towards increased cooperation between the two countries on arms control and non-proliferation, in line with the Chemical Weapons Convention, concluded the US Assistant Sec. of State.