Pursuant to the high royal instructions, Abdeltif Loudyi, minister delegate to the head of government in charge of national defense administration, received, Monday at the headquarters of the administration, Lieutenant General Carlos Humberto Loitey, Military Adviser for UN Peacekeeping Operations, currently on a working visit to Morocco.
12 February 2018
A statement by the national defense administration said that the two officials discussed the contribution of the Kingdom to the United Nations peacekeeping operations, as well as means to improve the conditions for the conduct of peacekeeping missions, given the complex environment of current operations.
On this occasion, Loudyi highlighted the important and continuous efforts of the Kingdom under the leadership of HM the King in the field of peacekeeping. He also commended the initiatives launched by UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, as part of the reform of the UN architecture for peacekeeping and security, the statement said.
General Loitey reiterated the UN’s condolences to the Kingdom following the death of Moroccan peacekeepers performing their duty with honor and bravery in the Central African Republic, the same source said, adding that he also expressed his appreciation of the important role played by the Kingdom in this area and praised Morocco’s commitment to “Peacekeeping Capability Readiness System”, the announcement of which was made as part of the UN Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial conference, held last November in Vancouver (Canada).
Morocco, a historic contributor to UN peacekeeping operations, has, for the past 60 years, deployed some 70,000 soldiers, as well as several field hospitals under the auspices of the United Nations. Currently, it is present in two UN operations in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.