US Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan to Visit Morocco

Rabat – US Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan is expected to pay an official visit to Morocco later this week as part of his Europe and North Africa tour from June 25 to 29.A statement from the US Department of State said that the US official will discuss “a range of US priorities, including joint efforts to maintain an enduring defeat of ISIS and promote cooperation on regional and global security challenges.” The statement further explained that Sullivan will meet several Moroccan senior officials “to discuss a range of political, economic, and security issues, including Morocco’s important contributions to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS.” He will also meet with a group of Moroccan youth in Casablanca. Sullivan will first travel to the Netherlands and Denmark.Before landing in Morocco, the US official will also visit Algeria to meet government officials and to participate in the 5th annual bilateral dialogue between the US and Algeria on security and the fight against terrorism.The US Department of State has issued several statements to recognize Morocco’s leading role in the fight against terrorism. In December 2017, the State Department said that the North African country, along with the US, are “leading global efforts at the international level” in the fight against terrorism and extremist ideologies.The US Department of State added that Morocco is a leader in training security and law enforcement officials “from friendly nations such as Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal.”