Mauritania and Saudi Arabia ink defence cooperation agreement


Mauritania and Saudi Arabia have signed a defence co-operation agreement that covers military training, the exchange of secure information, logistic support, country visits and military health care services.

The agreement was signed in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott by Mauritanian defence minister Diallo Mamadou Bathia and Saudi Arabian assistant defence minister Muhammad bin Abdullah al-Ayish on 4 January.

According to the Mauritanian Information Agency (AMI), Bathia said the agreement “cements the excellent relations that exist between the two brotherly countries” and that Mauritania is “fully prepared” to help Saudi Arabia defend Islam’s most holy places.

Saudi Arabia has close defence relations with several African countries, including Morocco, which is taking part in its operations against Houthi fighters in Yemen.