New York - Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Rachad Bouhlal, has denied a report that he had lost €20,000 at Paris airport.
New York – Morocco’s Ambassador to the United States, Mohamed Rachad Bouhlal, has denied a report that he had lost €20,000 at Paris airport.
A report published by AFP on Thursday claimed that the Moroccan Ambassador “was leaving Air France’s VIP lounge at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International Airport on Wednesday when he dropped €20,000 from his luggage.”
But, in a phone call with Morocco World News, the Moroccan diplomat dismissed the report on his alleged loss of money as “baseless rumors.”
The Moroccan diplomat said that he “received officials from the US State Department on Wednesday.”
According to an AFP report, the Moroccan Ambassador was allegedly getting ready to board a flight headed to New York when he realized that he was missing the money from his bag.
The ambassador reportedly went back to look for the money, but was unsuccessful in finding it. He allegedly reported the €20,000 loss to the authorities and proceeded to board his flight.
According to the same source, video surveillance cameras captured the moment in which a temporary airport employee picked up the money dropped by the Ambassador Bouhlal and pocketed it.
But the French news agency failed to call the Moroccan Ambassador and make sure that he was indeed in Paris this week.
“I did not leave the United States in the past three months,” he told MWN.
The Moroccan diplomat was among the attendees of the ceremony that took place on Sunday in New York, in which late king Mohammed V was posthumously awarded for protecting Moroccan Jews from the Nazis during World War II, corroborating the Ambassador’s statement that he was not even in France at the time of the alleged incident.