18th Edition of 'African Lion 2022' Exercise Kicks Off

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Rabat, 20 June 2022 - Pursuant to the High Instructions of His Majesty the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), the FAR and the US Armed Forces are co-organizing the 18th edition of the "African Lion 2022" exercise from June 20 to 30, 2022.

The actual start of the operations of the Multinational Joint Task Force was marked by an opening ceremony this Monday, June 20, 2022, at the Headquarters of the South Zone in Agadir, in the presence of representatives of participating countries, says a statement from the FAR General Staff.

In his opening address, Lieutenant General Belkhir El Farouk, Inspector General of the FAR and Commander of the South Zone, welcomed the participating delegations and recalled the objectives of this annual meeting. He highlighted the importance of the strategic partnership between Morocco and the United States and between Morocco and partner countries, all sharing the same ideals of peace and security.

"The security challenges require us to learn from different situations, to align approaches on the usefulness of joint exercises, to perfect the integration of executives within the Multinational Staffs and to overcome cultural, linguistic and procedural barriers for a more synergistic cooperation," General El Farouk said.

"This exercise is part of this approach, in perfect harmony with the aspirations of our countries and the needs of modern commitments. It is an opportunity to illustrate the high level of operational, technical and procedural interoperability," he continued, stressing that the objective of the exercise is give an objective assessment of each situation to facilitate decision making.

For his part, Major General Andrew Rohling, Commander of the US Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), stressed the importance of this event, which is an opportunity to exchange experiences with partner countries and consolidate military cooperation to ensure security and regional stability.

The representatives of the various participating countries have, then, attended a briefing on the various activities scheduled for this edition, which include Staff Exercise; sea, air, ground, and combined tactical exercises; special forces operations; airborne operations, civil-military actions; exercises against weapons of mass destruction and medical evacuation, according to the same source.

"African Lion" is a combined joint exercise organized annually by the Royal Armed Forces and the U.S. Armed Forces. This year's edition sees the participation of 10 African and international countries, including Morocco and the United States as well as some 20 military observers from partner countries. The exercise is taking place in the regions of Agadir, Benguerir, Kenitra, Mahbes, Taroudant and Tantan.

Source : MAP