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“Milestone of achievement since accession of King Hohammed VI to the throne!”Emphasizes Amb. Rachadi of Morocco at the 19th National Day reception

Ambassador Rachadi of Morocco in Seoul said, “This highly cherished anniversary marks a milestone in the achievements made since the accession of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the throne, such as the launching of a number of major development projects in various political, economic, social, environmental, cultural fields and other areas, by ensuring and providing all means and factors for its success.”

Ambassador Chafik Rachadi of Morocco in Seoul delivers a welcoming speech.

Speaking at a reception he and Madam Rachadi hosted at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on July 31, 2018 in celebration of the 19th Anniversary of the Accession of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the Throne Day of Moroccom Ambassador Rachaid stated, “In addition, His Majesty is keen to secure the path of reform, democratization, modernization, and consolidation of the state of institutions.” (See excerpts from the speech toward the end of this article.)

Among the guests in attendance at the party were Director General Hong Jin-wook for Africa Middle East Bureau of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Speaker Lee Ju-Young of The National Assembly, Ambassadors Daul Matute-Mejia of Peru, Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire,Thura Thet Oo Maung of Myanmar, Riyad A. H. Almubaraky of Saudi Arabia, Dato Rohana binti Ramli of Malaysia, Fabien Penone of France, Mihai Ciompec of Romania, Peteris Vaivars of Latvia, Harry B.Harris Jr. of the United States of America, Mohamed Salim Alharthy of Oman, Antoine Azzam of Lebanon, Adel Mohammad Adaileh of Jordan.

Director-General Hong-Jin-wook of Ministry of Foreign Affairs delivers a congratulatory speech.

Excerpts from the speech of Ambassador Rachadi:

In the name of God, The Merciful, The Compassionate

Your Excellency Hong Jin-wook, representative of the Government of the Republic of Korea, Your Excellency Ju-Young LEE, Deputy Speaker of The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Excellencies Ambassadors and Chargé d’Affaires, Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I would like to express my happiness and my profound joy meeting you today. Please accept my sincere thanks and appreciation for accepting our invitation to share with us these moments while we are celebrating this happy occasion, so dear to all Moroccans.

I would like also at the start to thank His Excellency, Mr. HONG Jin-wook, for joining us today as a representative of the Government of the Republic of Korea in this celebration, assuring you of the pride we take in our mutual confidence and the friendly ties linking our two countries and peoples.

Mrs. Leila Chelly (spouse of Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco (8th from left) poses with spouses with the spouses of other ambassadors.

Furthermore, I do not want to miss this opportunity to renew our congratulations to the Republic of Korea Government and to the Korean people for the great success of Winter Olympic Games of Pyeongchang. I would also like to inform you atmosphere that prevails in the Korean peninsula following the success of the inter-Korean summit held last April. of the satisfaction of the Kingdom of Morocco regarding the positive

My thanks also go to the Excellencies Ambassadors, Chargés d’Affaires and diplomats in the Republic of Korea, to Mr. Kim Ok Poly, Honorary Consul General of the Kingdom of Morocco, and to the Moroccan community present today which enhance our happiness and joy as far as the symbolic of this important occasion that’s bringing us together today.

Today, we celebrate the 19th anniversary of accession to the Throne for His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God bless him. An event fully packed with symbols and profound meanings considered as a unique model of sacred bond between the king and the people, reflected in an ongoing process marked by modernity and a high sense of humanity along with strong ties of permanent allegiance and deep cohesion between the people and the throne.

This highly cherished anniversary also marks a milestone in the achievements made since the accession of His Majesty King Mohammed VI to the throne, such as the launching of a number of major development projects in various political, economic, social, environmental, cultural fields and other areas, by ensuring and providing all means and factors for its success.

Ambassador and Mrs. Chafik Rachadi (3rd and 4th from left) pose with Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik (2nd from left) and other Korean guests.

In addition, His Majesty is keen to secure the path of reform, democratization, modernization, and consolidation of the state of institutions. He is guided by the firm desire to elevate our country to the highest ranks among nations in accordance with a unique development model that aims at achieving the optimum balance between preserving the country's sacred principles, its long-standing spiritual and cultural roots and modernization through values of openness, moderation, tolerance and dialogue.

In this regard, I would like to recall the remarkable number of visits to the Republic of Korea made by multiple Moroccan delegations, at official and unofficial levels, during the current year, with more than 100 members, the most important of which was the official visit of Dr. Saad Dine EL OTMANI, Head of the Moroccan government, who leaded an important delegation including the Minister of Economy and Finance, the Minister of National Education and the Secretary of State in charge of investment.

This high-level visit yielded very positive results to expand and strengthen more aspects of bilateral cooperation. In addition to this, the working visit of Mr. Habib al-Malki, Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives, accompanied by five chairmen of the most representative parliamentary groups, which leaded to the signature of a memorandum of understanding between the two legislative institutions.

Within the context of the dynamic witnessed in the bilateral relations between the two countries, we can notice the continued growth in the influx of Korean tourists to Morocco, the growing trade exchange and the increase of Korean investments in Morocco. A recent example, is the significant investment by the Korean Group, “Hands Corporation,’’ of over 400 million dollars for the construction of an industrial unit specialized in producing aluminum wheel tires. The construction process of this unit is underway since last April.

A Moroccan woman shows the traditional costumes of Morocco.

Let me take this opportunity to extend once again our thanks to His Excellency Mr. Hong Jin-Wook for joining us today in this celebration, besides the representatives of the National Assembly and different Government sectors. This is another expression of the quality of the distinguished relations uniting our two countries and peoples, to which we all look forward to its consolidation and reinforcement.

I would like Also to reiterate my deep thanks to His Excellency, and all his staff members, for their efforts for strengthening our bilateral relations and for their outstanding contribution to the success of the official visits to the Republic of Korea made recently by the Head of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and the Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representatives.

Before concluding, I would like to thank all the members of the Moroccan community living in the Republic of Korea for their attachment to their home land Morocco, their loyalty to His Majesty the King may God Assist Him and to the national fundaments. I really appreciate the role of the Moroccan community in the promotion of their country’s culture and cultural values as well as their active participation to the cultural diversity here in their host country.

Once again, I would like to welcome you to this ceremony, organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, hoping that our common relations will continue with further progress, prosperity and stability.

Kim Sua  edt@koeapost.com

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