The United States Welcomes the Appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara

The United States Welcomes the Appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the UN Secretary General’s Personal Envoy for Western Sahara PRESS STATEMENT ANTONY J. BLINKEN, SECRETARY OF STATE OCTOBER 6, 2021   The United States warmly welcomes the appointment of Staffan de Mistura as the new UN Personal Envoy of the Secretary General for Western Sahara.  Personal Envoy de Mistura brings …

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U.S. and Morocco Launch Partnership to Preserve the Kingdom’s Diverse Cultural Heritage

Essaouira – U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Greene joined H.E. André Azoulay, Senior Advisor to H.M. King Mohamed VI, at Bayt Dakira in Essaouira to launch a three-year USAID program aimed at recording and sharing hundreds of stories that capture the Kingdom’s rich multicultural history.  This $3 million program, called the Religious and Ethnic Minorities Activity …

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The Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) Appoints Jennifer Rasamimanana Resident Director

October 1, 2021 –  The Board of Directors of the Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies (TALIM) announces the appointment of Jennifer Rasamimanana as its Resident Director.  “With her language skills, diplomatic and cultural experience, and vision, Jennifer Rasamimanana is ideal to lead the Tangier American Legation at this historic juncture,” said Board President Dale F. Eickelman.   A United States diplomat for over 20 years, Jennifer …

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FAR and U.S. Military Conclude 6-Year Joint Program to Counter Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats

Morocco’s armed forces are now a regional leader in confronting chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, following a $16-million, six-year program with the U.S.  Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) that officially ended in a ceremony today in Kenitra.  The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Security Cooperation Engagement Program trained a FAR company to detect, identify and secure chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards, using the most advanced equipment available.  During more …

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U.S. and Moroccan Armed Forces Conclude Joint Training Programs on Disaster Response and Explosive Hazards

Moroccan and U.S. military personnel this week concluded a major disaster planning exercise and a four-week training program on handling explosive hazards, highlighting the continued strength of the US-Morocco military partnership.    Members of the Utah National Guard are in Kasr Sghir this week participating in Exercise Maroc Mantlet, the premier disaster planning and preparedness exercise in the Kingdom, alongside …

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U.S.-Morocco Dialogue on Human Rights Issues

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE September 22, 2021   U.S.-Morocco Dialogue on Human Rights Issues   Today, the State Department hosted a high-level interagency Moroccan delegation as part of our ongoing and long-standing conversation on human rights; this was the tenth such meeting of a dialogue that has been going on …

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United States Embassy Donates Vehicles to Morocco’s DGSN

September 7, 2021 The United States government donated several vehicles and forensic lab test equipment today to Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) to facilitate drug trafficking investigations and other operations. The donation was a joint effort between the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the State Department’s Bureau …

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Fulbright Program Celebrates its 75th Anniversary Under the Theme “IMPACT: 75 Years of Global Actions, Opportunities, and Connections.”

        Fulbright Program Celebrates its 75th Anniversary Under the Theme “IMPACT: 75 Years of Global Actions, Opportunities, and Connections.” The Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State’s flagship international exchange program, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year under the theme “IMPACT: 75 Years of Global Actions, Opportunities, and Connections.” Virtual and …

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US Army Chief of Staff Reaffirms Strength of US-Morocco Strategic Partnership

U.S. Army Gen. James C. McConville, the Army’s 40th Chief of Staff, reaffirmed the critical importance of the U.S.-Morocco strategic partnership during meetings with Moroccan defense officials in Rabat today, including Abdellatif Loudiyi, Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of the National Defense Administration, and Gen. Abdelfattah Louarak, Inspector General of the …

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Press Statement from Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Joey Hood after his meeting in Rabat with Foreign Minister Nasser

It was a pleasure to meet today with Foreign Minister Bourita. We had a chance to talk about how, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, we are making the already strong U.S.-Morocco strategic partnership even stronger, as we commemorate the bicentennial of the first U.S. diplomatic mission in Morocco – the Tangier American Legation – and celebrate over 200 …

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Transfer of GTMO Detainee to Morocco

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY NED PRICE, SPOKESPERSON July 19, 2021 Transfer of GTMO Detainee to Morocco The United States commends the Kingdom of Morocco for its collaboration in repatriating Abdul Latif Nasir, a Moroccan citizen who had been held at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility.  Abdul …

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U.S. State Department Awards $190,000 Grant to Ifker Association for Volubilis Mosaic Restoration

PRESS RELEASE The U.S. Department of State is awarding a nearly $190,000 grant to the Ifker Association for Environmental Education and Sustainable Development, a Moroccan NGO based in the Fes-Meknes region, for a community-based project to conserve and restore a collection of mosaics in Volubilis. The largest and most famous archeological site in Morocco, designated …

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African Lion 21 exercise wraps up in Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal

TAN TAN, Morocco – African Lion, U.S. Africa Command’s premier joint annual exercise, successfully wrapped up its 17th iteration in Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal, June 18. Military leaders from the United States, African, European and NATO partners attended the closing ceremony held in one of the exercise training locations in Tan Tan, Morocco. “I would …

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United States and Morocco celebrate “200 years of friendship” through American Legation Exhibition at National Library

(Rabat) June 9, 2021 – U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires David Greene and representatives from Moroccan Government today officially opened an exhibition at the National Library celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of the American Legation in Tangier and two centuries of friendship between our two countries. The exhibition, “Of Voice and Stone–200 Years of …

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Chargé d’Affaires David Greene Celebrates 200th Anniversary of American Legation in Tangier

Tangier, May 17, 2021 – Two hundred years today, the American Legation in Tangier became an official U.S. diplomatic mission, when U.S. Consul John Mullwany moved into the building. The Legation was a gift from Moroccan Sultan Moulay Suliman earlier in 1821.  The American Legation in Tangier is the first diplomatic property acquired by the United States, the oldest …

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Statement from the President on the Beginning of Ramadan

APRIL 12, 2021 •  STATEMENTS AND RELEASES   Jill and I send our warmest greetings and best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.  Ramadan Kareem. As many of our fellow Americans begin fasting tomorrow, we are reminded of how difficult this year has been.  In this pandemic, friends and loved ones cannot yet …

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U.S. Embassy and AS Sale Basketball Club Announce Morocco’s participation in NBA’s Basketball Africa League

April 2, 2021 – The U.S. Embassy in Morocco today joined with the Association Sportive de Sale to announce the club’s participation in the NBA’s Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the NBA and the International Basketball Federation – and the NBA’s first formal collaboration in creating a basketball league outside of North America. …

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2020 Human Rights Report Communiqué

On March 30, 2021, the U.S. Department of State released the annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which includes Morocco. The U.S. Mission in Morocco follows human rights throughout the country and works closely with the Government of Morocco, as well as with other partners such as the National Council on Human Rights and …

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U.S. Embassy in Morocco Launches Youth Leadership Program in Dakhla

March 6, Dakhla – In its efforts to enhance the already strong U.S.-Morocco relationship, by promoting youth development, the U.S. Embassy in Morocco launched, in partnership with Anoual Association, the Morocco Future Leaders (MFL) program in the region of Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab.   The Morocco Future Leaders program takes place over five months and includes a series of in-person and virtual trainings focused on helping 20 …

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USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Participates in Bi-Lateral Maritime Exercise between the U.S. and Morocco

March 3, 2021- MOROCCO – The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (IKE CSG) is participating in Lightning Handshake, a bilateral maritime exercise between the U.S. and the Royal Moroccan Navy (RMN) and Royal Moroccan Air Force (RMAF) during the first week of March. The exercise enhances interoperability between the U.S. and Moroccan Navies across …

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The Ministerial Conference in Support of the Autonomy Initiative

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE January 15, 2021 The Ministerial Conference in Support of the Autonomy Initiative  Under Moroccan Sovereignty   The text of the following Chair’s Summary was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco. Begin Text: 1.  …

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U.S., Morocco Sign Agreement Aimed at Protecting Morocco’s Cultural Heritage

PRESS RELEASE Jan. 14 – The Moroccan and U.S. governments today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at protecting Morocco’s cultural heritage from smuggling and strengthening the strategic partnership between our two countries. U.S. Ambassador to Morocco David T. Fischer and Moroccan Minister of Culture Othmane El Fardaous signed the MOU, which will restrict …

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Madison Cox is the 2021 recipient of the U.S.-Morocco Friendship Award

PRESS RELEASE   The U.S. Embassy in Morocco is pleased to announce the 2021 recipient of the U.S.-Morocco Friendship Award is Mr. Madison Cox, for his “Unwavering Support to the U.S.-Moroccan Relationship through the Promotion of Cultural and Educational Exchange.” Mr. Cox’s inspiring leadership and commitment to ensuring the continued work and preservation of the …

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Readout of PDO Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Anthony Tata

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Readout of PDO Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Anthony Tata’s Meeting With Moroccan Minister for Administration of National Defense Abdellatif Loudiyi and Inspector General of the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces Abdelfatah Louarak   JAN. 12, 2021 Anthony Tata, performing the duties of (PDO) under secretary of defense for policy, met separately with Abdellatif Loudiyi, Morocco’s minister-delegate to the …

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The Ambassador’s historic visit to Dakhla

PRESS RELEASE The Ambassador’s historic visit to Dakhla   U.S. Ambassador David T. Fischer traveled to Dakhla today to launch the official process for opening a U.S. consulate facility in Morocco’s Southern Provinces and to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to supporting the region’s economic development.  He became the first U.S. ambassador to visit the Moroccan Sahara.  …

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December 22, 2020 a Historic Day For Morocco, Israel, and the United States

Today, the United States, the Kingdom of Morocco and the State of Israel concluded a historic and groundbreaking series of events in Rabat, Morocco.  The first commercial flight from Israel to Morocco launched the resumption of relations between Morocco and Israel. The United States is proud to have brokered this agreement and welcomes the beginning of a new era of warm relations between the Morocco …

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Joint declaration

The Kingdom of Morocco, The United States of America and the State of Israel, Referring to the telephone conversation held between His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Excellency President Donald Trump, on 10 December 2020, and to the historic statements issued on the same day by them, and by His Excellency Prime Minister Benjamin …

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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP HAS BROKERED PEACE BETWEEN ISRAEL AND THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO

Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 11, 2020 “As more countries normalize relations with Israel — which will happen quite quickly, we believe — the region will become more and more stable, secure, and prosperous.”– President Donald J. Trump ACHIEVING PEACE: President Donald J. Trump has brokered a peace agreement between Morocco …

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Ambassador David Fischer’s Remarks During Press Conference Regarding Historic White House Announcement

Thank you for being with us today – I am thrilled to have a chance to talk to you about yesterday’s historic White House announcement and what it means for the incredibly strong and historic relationship between the United States and Morocco. Next year, we will mark 200 years since the United States opened its …

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Groundbreaking for the new U.S. Consulate General Casablanca

U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, David T. Fischer, and the U.S. Consul General in Casablanca, Jennifer Rasamimanana invited representatives of the government of Morocco, including the Director of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Ambassador Anas Khelas, the Wali of Casablanca-Settat, Said Ahmidouch, the Mayor of Casablanca, …

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Defence Cooperation Roadmap

Visit of U.S. Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper and Ambassador David Fischer with high-ranking Moroccan officials demonstrated the depth of our friendship and partnership. Under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Morocco is a critical partner with the United States on a range of security issues. It is also essential to the …

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Launch of “Open Startup Morocco” Entrepreneurship Program

November 25, 2020 - The U.S. Embassy in Morocco is pleased to announce the launch of the first edition of Open Startup Morocco (“OST-M”), a major new program designed to provide a group of top-performing Moroccan business and technology students an intensive training experience in the skills and knowledge to help them succeed as business startup leaders.  OST-M is a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and Moroccan partners: Africa Business School, Al Akhawayn University, and …

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Report: Number of Americans studying in Morocco increased by nearly 24% before the Covid-19 pandemic

November 16, 2020 - During the 2018/19 academic year, the number of U.S. students coming to Morocco for study jumped by 24 percent, according to an annual report released today by the Institute of International Education, with support from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.  The annual report, called “Open Doors,” showed that the number of U.S. students in …

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Press Statement from Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker

Press Statement from Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Schenker after his meeting in Rabat with Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita on Monday, October 19, 2020.   It was a pleasure to meet today with Foreign Minister Bourita. We had a chance to talk about how, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, we can make …

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The United States Provides Essential Protective Equipment & Supplies to Morocco’s National Institute of Hygiene 

Today, April 28, the United States Mission to Morocco through the office of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) transferred a supply of personal protective equipment to laboratory technicians at the Institute of National Hygiene in Rabat. This equipment goes directly to safeguarding the lives of Morocco’s healthcare workers who are on the front lines …

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U.S. PROVIDES ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE TO MOROCCO TO RESPOND TO NOVEL CORONAVIRUS COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 2020 RABAT – Today, the United States Government has provided MAD 6.6 million ($670,000) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Morocco from the Emergency Reserve Fund for Contagious Infectious Diseases at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  USAID is providing these funds to the World Health Organization (WHO) under the Strategic Preparedness and Response Plan (SPRP) to stop further transmission of …

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USAID CONVENES REGIONAL POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM

PRESS RELEASE USAID CONVENES REGIONAL POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM Monday, March 2, 2019 This is a press release from USAID. TANGIER, MOROCCO — From March 2-4, 2020, the Positive Youth Development (PYD) Symposium will take place in Tangier, bringing together government officials, subject matter experts, and practitioners on youth development from around the Middle East …

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Joint Communique on Reaffirming the Commitment Between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Morocco to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment

NOVEMBER 7-8, 2019 On November 7-8, Advisor to the President of the United States of America, Ivanka Trump and CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Sean Cairncross, paid a visit to the Kingdom of Morocco to discuss ways to deepen our bilateral partnership and strategies to advance women’s economic empowerment through the Women’s Global Development …

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Joint Communique on U.S.-Morocco Strategic Dialogue

MEDIA NOTE OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON OCTOBER 22, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita met today at the State Department and reviewed the close and productive partnership between the United States and Morocco. They discussed areas for future U.S.-Moroccan cooperation within the framework of the U.S.-Morocco …

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Stevens Initiative Opens Competition to Fund Virtual Exchange Programs Connecting Youth in the United States, Middle East, and North Africa

For Immediate Release Contact: Christine Shiau Assistant Director The Aspen Institute Christine.Shiau@aspeninstitute.org stevensinitiative.org Washington, DC, August 8, 2018 — The Stevens Initiative today opened the 2018 competition to fund virtual exchange programs in the United States and the Middle East and North Africa in order to help young people gain the collaboration, language, problem-solving skills, technical and vocational skills, as …

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The United States Embassy in Rabat Launches “My Summer of Discovery” Camp 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Morocco is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 “My Summer of Discovery” initiative that seeks to inspire young Moroccans to explore science, arts, and English language learning through American-style summer camps held in cities and provinces across Morocco. This summer, more than 1,500 young Moroccans from 9 regions will …

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Exercise African Lion 18 Commences in Northern Africa

AGADIR, Morocco – Allies and partners from 15 countries representing Africa, Europe, and North America are participating in a combined multilateral exercise which will take place until the end of April in Morocco and Tunisia. Approximately 900 U.S. military personnel have arrived in the Kingdom of Morocco to take part in exercise AFRICAN LION 18. …

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RESTART OF ENTRY PERIOD FOR DIVERSITY VISA PROGRAM – DV-2019

Due to technical issues, the Department of State will restart the registration period for DV-2019.   The new registration period for DV-2019 opens for electronic entries at noon, Eastern Daylight Time, Wednesday, October 18, 2017, and closes at noon, Eastern Standard Time, Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  All entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need …

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Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2017 Ambassador Haley Delivers Remarks at an Emergency UN Security Council Meeting on North Korea Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, delivered remarks at an emergency UN Security Council briefing on North Korea. …

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On the Occasion of Eid al-Adha

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC August 31, 2017 As the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca and Medina comes to a close, I wish Muslims across the globe a meaningful and blessed Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha, also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice,’ is a special time when millions of Muslims …

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“My Summer of Discovery” Camp 2017

“My Summer of Discovery” 2017 Camp Initiative Launched     This summer, one thousand youth are participating in the U.S. Embassy’s “My Summer of Discovery” 2017 camp initiative.  These camps are inspiring Moroccan youth to reach their goals.  The U.S. Department of State has awarded a total of $123,707 (1,192,535 MAD) to 11 organizations offering …

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TechGirls 2017

Four Moroccan students participate in TechGirls program in the United States   The U.S. Department of State’s TechGirls initiative empowers girls around the world to become leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. This year, the U.S. Embassy in Rabat is pleased to announce that 4 Teenage girls from Morocco will participate in …

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2017 Human Rights Report Communiqué

On March 3, 2017, the U.S. Department of State released the 2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include Morocco and the Western Sahara. The United States would like to recognize the positive steps that Morocco took in 2016 to strengthen its respect for human rights. The U.S. Embassy appreciates the Government of Morocco’s …

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Moroccan Girls Travel to Washington, D.C. for Meeting with First Lady Michelle Obama

On Saturday October 8, twenty-one Moroccan girls boarded a Royal Air Maroc flight destined for Washington, DC to meet U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House .  The girls will continue the conversation that they started with the First Lady when she visited Marrakech in June where they discussed their shared commitment to education as …

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MEDIA ADVISORY: First Lady Michelle Obama to travel to Marrakech June 28 and 29

On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28-29, 2016, First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama will travel to Marrakech, Morocco. On June 28, the First Lady—joined by Meryl Streep, also an advocate for girls’ education, and Freida Pinto—will participate in a conversation with adolescent Moroccan girls moderated by CNN’s Isha Sesay.  In the discussion, participants …

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CONFERENCE ELECTIONS 2016: WOMEN @ THE FOREFRONT

On April 14th, 2016, women representing eight of the main political parties and coming from all corners of Morocco came together for the launch of the, “Elections 2016: Women @ the Forefront” Conference to share successful strategies for gaining elected office and discuss how women can advocate for greater leadership roles within their political parties. …

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International University of Rabat

On March 23rd, United States Ambassador Dwight L. Bush, Sr. visited the International University of Rabat for its 2016 America Day, where he met with the university’s president Noureddine Mouaddib, toured the campus and held a roundtable with UIR students and faculty. Nearly 200 students took part America Day to learn more about studying in …

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