Morocco: official launch of the 20th edition of the “African Lion” exercise

Morocco: official launch of the 20th edition of the “African Lion” exercise

The Moroccan Royal Armed Forces and the U.S. Army Southern Task Force Africa held an opening ceremony for the latest portion of the military exercise “Africa Lion”at the headquarters of the South Zone General Staff in Agadir Monday.

The event marks the 20th anniversary of African Lion- the largest annual multinational military exercise in Africa- involving personnel from 27 countries as well as elements from NATO. 

The opening ceremony featured a rehearsal of planned exercise activities, as well as speeches from senior Moroccan and U.S. military officials.

"This version of African Lion exercise holds great importance as it documents 20 years of distinguished cooperation, partnership and enduring commitment to achieving security and peace,” said Moroccan Major General Mohammed Benlouali, Morocco Southern Zone chief of staff.

US Army Major General Todd R. Wasmund, commanding general SETAF-AF thanked the Moroccan Armed Forces for their enduring commitment to the exercise and underscored Morocco’s status as a “vital strategic partner for the US Army”.

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