Rabat – The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, presented at a ceremony Thursday in Washington, a $ 100,000 gift from King Mohammed VI to US Peace Corps in order to help the US agency to extend its reach in the kingdom.
“His majesty the King has decided to give a donation to the Peace Corps to encourage it to continue its work and to thank the US body for all it does for the benefit of the Moroccan youth,” said Salaheddine Mezouar in a statement to Maghreb Arab Press agency (MAP) on the sidelines of a meeting dedicated to the celebration of the long partnership between the Peace Corps and Morocco.
He also noted that the US Agency contributes to transmit values of positive participation in community life, solidarity and commitment to the common good of society.
Speaking at the ceremony, which was attended by the Ambassador of Morocco to Washington Rashad Bouhlal and US ambassador to Rabat, Dwight L. Bush, the Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, Laura Chambers, welcomed the strength of the partnership with Morocco.
“We are proud of the strong partnership with the kingdom of Morocco and we are extremely grateful for this generous donation,” Chambers said.
Chambers has further noted that the Peace Corps has provided in 52 years “significant” contributions to Moroccan communities.
The Peace Corps volunteers work in Morocco in various fields as English teachers, health educators, environmental specialists, assistants of small business development, water supply technicians in rural areas and training of young teachers.
Each year the number of volunteers serving in the Peace Corps Morocco stands at around 200 people. The first volunteers came to Morocco in 1963 conforming to an agreement between the kingdom of Morocco and the United States.
MWN with MAP