U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
November 29, 2018
The United States and Morocco held a Bilateral Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Workshop from November 27–29 in Rabat. The workshop provided both countries the opportunity to discuss authorities and capabilities to interdict suspected transfers of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems, and related materials. It included maritime and land-based scenarios that provided both governments the opportunity to share national experiences, expertise, and best practices to interdict illicit shipments of weapons of mass destruction.
Earlier this year, PSI celebrated its 15th anniversary. To date, 105 countries have not only endorsed PSI, but hosted a number of exercises, meetings, and workshops similar to this one. These events have allowed PSI-endorsing countries to improve their capabilities to interdict WMD-related materials. In 2018 alone, the U.S. has jointly planned and executed more than ten bilateral and multilateral events with over 60 countries in attendance.
The United States is grateful for Morocco’s leadership in hosting this important workshop. The workshop proved to be a milestone in expanding the reach and effectiveness of the PSI in Africa.