By Said Temsamani
By Said Temsamani
Morocco World News
Washington, March 18, 2013
King Mohammed VI will make his first visit to Cote d’Ivoire since ascending the throne on July 23, 1999. This royal visit will reinforce the bilateral ties binding the West African country and the Sherifian kingdom that were first initiated by the late King Hassan II and the first Ivorian head of state, Felix Houphouet Boigny.
It is worth mentioning that Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara invited King Mohamed VI to attend the 42nd summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on February 27 to 28 in Cote d’Ivoire’s political capital, Yamoussoukro. The Moroccan king, who was not able to attend the summit, mandated his Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane to represent him at the African bloc’s meeting.
During his stay in Cote d’Ivoire, King Mohamed VI will visit Moroccan companies established in the West African country including the new cement factory ‘CIMAF’ which is being built in the industrial area of Yopougon in the western part of Abidjan.
Moroccan real estate company Addoha also announced last year that it reached a protocol agreement with Cote d’Ivoire for the construction of 2,600 social houses in Cote d’Ivoire. In addition to its projects in the country, Morocco has professed determination to back Cote d’Ivoire’s reconstruction efforts following the serious post-electoral crisis in which over 3,000 people were thought to have been killed.
The North African kingdom has already deployed an important contingent to participate in the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Cote d’Ivoire (UNOCI) set up in April 2004.
After Cote d’Ivoire, King Mohamed VI will travel to Gabon for another two-day working and friendship visit in the central African country.