US – Morocco Relations

Morocco and the United States have a historic, formal, and fairly rewarding relationship with each other. The two countries share coasts along the Atlantic Ocean and have utilized their land by trading products and sharing cultures. In 1777 the Unites States and Morocco began to establish a commitment that recognized an international relationship each other. Sultan Sidi Muhammad Ben Abdullah wanted to create a friendship with a Christian power and establish trade as a main source of revenue. Formal negotiatons between the two countries began in 1783. After negotiations, the Moroccan-American treaty of Friendship was signed on 1786. This treaty helped develop a long history that would guarantee aid, antiterrorist support, and economic investment.

The United States and Morocco obeyed with their treaty until the French protectorate between 1912 and 1956. The United States avoided getting their hands dirty by intervening with Morocco and the French. Since the United States had influence and soft power in Morocco, it was smart to let France play its card especially after the Scramble for Africa. Once the United States recognized Morocco’s independence, the two countries continued diplomatic relations. The Moroccan-American treaty of Friendship is one of the longest unbroken treaties in Unites States history. Sultan Abdullah’s dream of a prosperous relationship has taken shape and both parties’ leaders continuously visit and communicate. The late King Hassan II visited the United States and Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, Bush Sr, and Clinton. Those visits surely helped Morocco build their relationship with the United States government. Additionally, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been providing assistance programs in Morocco since 1953. After the Arab Spring, Morocco has been able to gather aid from the United States.

Morocco has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, which has historically made the country a hotspot of trade and cultural exchange. Across the Atlantic Ocean sits the East coast of the United States. Morocco is the sixth largest trading partner of the States and Morocco’s lead exports are textiles and phosphates. Phosphates are extremely important for fertilizers and industrial products in the United States. Morocco joined the United Nations on November 12th, 1956 and has been an active member.

 

Sources:

  • http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/5431.htm
  • https://www.un.int/morocco/about
  • https://morocco.usembassy.gov/early.html
  • http://www.embassyofmorocco.us/usmoroccorelationship.htm
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