Representing King Philippe of Belgium, Princess Astrid has presided over a ceremony in Casablanca to decorate two Moroccans, a judicial official and a CEO.
In a solemn ceremony, Belgian Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Didier Reynders gave the royal decorations to Mustapha Fares, first president of the Court of Cassation, and Said Alj, president of the Sanam Holding company.
Fares received the badge of Commander of the Order of Leopold II, and Alj received the Commander of the Order of the Crown.
King Loopold II established the Order of Leopold II in 1900 as king of the Congo Free State. The honor is awarded by royal decree.
Awarded alternatively with the Order of the Crown to Belgians in the civil service, the Order of Leopold II can be awarded to both Belgians and foreigners and is considered a diplomatic gift of merit.
Princess Astrid is currently on a business visit to Morocco at the head of a large Belgian delegation of 460 businessmen, entrepreneurs, and ministers.
Morocco’s Princess Lalla Meryem, King Mohammed VI’s sister, received the Belgian princess on Sunday, November 25.
The official trip, which will continue until November 30, aims to boost trade between the two countries.
Exploring Morocco’s trade opportunities, the delegation will conclude the visit with a signing ceremony for a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding.
The Belgian economic mission is in line with Moroccan-Belgian determination to give a new impetus to diplomatic partnership and cooperation between Morocco and Belgium.
The visit was organized by the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Trade Agency in collaboration with Brussels Invest & Export, Flanders Investment & Trade, and the Walloon Agency for Export and Investment (AWEX).