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Visit of the US President’s Senior Advisor, Mrs Ivanka Trump to Morocco

The Daughter and Senior Advisor of the American President, Mrs. Ivanka Trump paid a three days visit, this week, to the Kingdom of Morocco in the framework of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, having as an objective the empowerment of 50 million women worldwide by 2025.

Mrs Trump seized the occasion to highlight that the US Administration deeply values the long-standing and growing bilateral relationship between the Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America.

She equally hailed Morocco’s efforts and advance with regard to gender equality and other spheres, expressing her appreciation for the wise leadership of His Majesty the King of Morocco.

Besides, Mrs Trump met with Her Highness Princess Lalla Meryem who presided a dinner offered in Mrs. Trump’s honour by His Majesty the King.

In the framework of her visit to Morocco, Ivanka Trump alongside a delegation of the Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) met, in the capital of Morocco, with the Head of Government, Mr. Saad Dine El Otmani.

In the same vein, the Senior Advisor of the US President met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Mr. Nasser Bourita in Rabat.

In addition to hailing the excellence of ties between Rabat and Washington, reinforced by the strategic dialogue between the two countries, Mrs. Trump reiterated her willingness to cooperate with the Government of Morocco for the achievement of the objectives of W-GDP initiative.

Mrs. Trump also chaired the signing ceremony of a cooperation agreement between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) on the implementation of the land governance project.

Moreover, the Senior Advisor of the US President chaired a ceremony, in Sidi Kacem (120 km away from Rabat), to sign two agreements between several partners for an amount of more than $6 million. The focus of these agreements has been on the economic activities for the benefit of women, notably in the field of Agriculture as well as the facilitation of the access for women to property rights.

In this regard, she noted that investment in women is very important; affirming that land ownership remains a sine qua non condition for stimulating economic and social development.

The visit of Mrs. Trump has also been marked by some field visits. In this regard, she launched a campaign to support the Moroccan women's access to collective land, a project initiated under the High guidelines of HM King Mohammed VI and considered a major priority of the W-GDP to strengthen women's empowerment in Morocco.

Following this visit, a joint communique was issued to "reiterate the U.S. appreciation to the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI on critical issues such as peace and security in the Middle East, as well as to ensure peace, stability and development for Africa".

Furthermore, it added that "Morocco is a major non-NATO ally of the United States, while highlighting that the longstanding friendship and cooperation between the two countries underpin broader U.S. engagement in the region".

The US President's Senior advisor also commended, through this statement, the reform process undertaken by His Majesty King Mohammed VI during the past twenty years, especially on the issue of advancing women's rights and promoting their economic empowerment.