Morocco, Pakistan participate in joint naval exercises in Atlantic Ocean – Middle East Monitor

The Marines of Morocco and Pakistan took part in a joint exercise on Friday as part of bilateral millet growthitarian cooperation between the two countries.

The naval exercise in the Atlantic Ocean involved Pakistani ship ALAMGIR 260 and Royal Moroccan Navy MRM Allal Ben Abdellah 615 and included various maneuvers, World Morocco News reported.

According to a statement issued on the operations, “naval diplomacy in the form of visits and goodwill exercises remains at the center of activities planned throughout the year.”

In August, the two countries conducted similar exercises near the Strait of Gibraltar, with the participation of PNS Zulfiqar of Pakistan and RMNS Sultan Moulay Ismael of Morocco.

Pakistani and Moroccan special forces last month participated in two-week counter-terrorism training event at Pakistan’s National Counterterrorism Center in the northwestern town of Pabbi, which was the first such event between the two countries. In 2017, the Moroccan navy also participated in a multinational joint exercise organized in Karachi.

Diplomatic relations between Islamabad and Rabat date back to 1958, although relations date back to earlier when the then newly founded Pakistan supported Morocco’s independence movement.

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