Rabat - The love story of the American teenager, Rebecca Arthur, and her Moroccan boyfriend, Mohamed El Adala, known as Simo, is facing its first setback.
Rabat – The love story of the American teenager, Rebecca Arthur, and her Moroccan boyfriend, Mohamed El Adala, known as Simo, is facing its first setback.
After spending “happy moments” with her boyfriend in Essaouira and Casablanca, the young American girl, 17, was told by diplomats at the US consulate in Casablanca that she is obliged to leave Morocco, and travel back home on Saturday.
As soon she learned the consulate’s decision, Rebecca reportedly burst into tears, and refused to leave her Moroccan boyfriend, arguing that since she has her parents’ approval to travel abroad.
“I came here with the consent of my parents,’ Rebecca said.
The US embassy in Morocco will send Rebecca back home tomorrow, at the request of federal authorities because she is still a minor, and cannot leave the country without official permission delivered by the border authorities.
Rebecca arrived in Casablanca on Tuesday morning. Her trip to Morocco made headlines on Thursday when local police in Connecticut claimed she was missing since her mother dropped her off at New York JFK airport.
According to Hespress, “the US embassy in Rabat and Casablanca will release a press communique on the subject.”
“US officials are reassured that Rebecca is in safe hands,” the same source added.
The US officials received El Adala’s family in US consulate in Casablanca, and informed them them that Rebecca will turn 18 in five months, and she will have then the right to travel on her own.
The US officials promised Mohamed El Adala to facilitate his travel to US in case he wants to join his girlfriend after she reaches the age of majority.
The young couple shared some of their photos on social media while enjoying their time together.
In a video posted on YouTube, the couple told their love story and how their romance made headlines in international media.
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