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Official Visit to Morocco - June 13, 2001
President of the Republic Emile Lahoud expressed hope that his talks with the Moroccan King Mohammad VI will achieve its goals in promoting bilateral cooperation in the political, economic, social, cultural, and tourism areas and in creating common projects of joint benefit for both countries.

President Lahoud’s declaration came in the context of the official visit he paid to Morocco, accompanied by his wife the First Lady Mrs. Andre Lahoud and Deputy Prime Minister Issam Fares. The accompanying delegation also included Jamil al-Sayyid the Director-General of the General Security Directorate who was joined by Lebanon’s Ambassador to Morocco Mustapha Mustapha. The Lebanese President and delegation were hosted in Agadir’s Airport by the Moroccan King and his brother Prince Rachid, his sister Princess Lalla, and a big number of officials in the Kingdom, in presence of Moroccan Ambassador to Lebanon Abdeljalil Fenjiro.

Kind Mohammad VI of Morocco greets visiting Lebanese Deputy Prime Minister

Then, Fares, President Lahoud moved with the Moroccan King and the members of the Lebanese delegation headed to the Royal Palace in Agadir where the official reception took place. President Lahoud and King Mohammad VI entered the internal courtyard where they were hosted by Moroccan Prime Minister Abdul-Rahman Al-Yousefi, the Moroccan Parliament Speaker Abdel Wahid Al-Radi, in addition to a great number of personalities and ministers, as well as members of the Arab diplomatic corps accredited in Morocco. All parties moved to the Throne Hall where a closed-door session took place between the Lebanese President and the Moroccan King at a time when Fares and the Lebanese delegation members were holding a reunion with Prince Rachid, Morocco’s Foreign Minister, and Moroccan Ambassador to Lebanon Abdeljalil Fenjiro.

Discussions focused on bilateral relations, the situation in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the coming Francophone Summit scheduled in Beirut in October.
Fares takes part in the official talks held at the Royal Palace

Later, President Lahoud hosted in his residence at Atlantic Hotel in Agadir Morocco’s Prime Minister Abdul-Rahman Al-Yousefi with whom he agreed upon the necessity to strengthen bilateral ties.

Fares also attended the gathering with the head of the Arab Diplomatic Corps Palestinian Ambassador to Morocco with whom President Lahoud, Fares, and the delegation evaluated the outcome of their visit to Morocco. The Ambassadors raised questions concerning the general Arab situation, the prevailing juncture on the level of the inter-Arab relations after Amman’s Summit, and the Arab stance regarding the developments.

On the heels of the visit, King Mohammad VI of Morocco threw a dinner banquet in honor of Mr.& Mrs. Lahoud, Mr. Fares, and the Lebanese delegation. The banquet was attended by the members of the Arab and foreign diplomatic corps, a number of advisers and ministers, and the head of the Constitutional Council.

Fares attends the dinner banquet thrown by King Mohammad VI of Morocco