Moroccan globetrotter Ayad Meftahi arrived in Dakar after riding a bicycle from Moroccan city El Jadida.
Rabat – The cyclist completed the 3385 kilometer journey in 52 days, starting October 12 and arriving on December 3.
The 22-year-old adventurer began his journey in celebration of the anniversary of the Green March, under the sign “Morocco in the heart of Africa.”
The Moroccan Embassy in Dakar organized a reception in honor of the young Moroccan globetrotter’s arrival, with Moroccan expatriates in Dakar being invited.
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Moroccan ambassador to Dakar Taleb Berrada congratulated Meftahi for completing the trip, describing it as a ‘beautiful initiative’ to reinforce Moroccan ties with Senegal.
Berrada noted that King Mohammed VI has never stopped encouraging young people to undertake such initiatives that could bring Morocco closer to other African countries.
“The links between Morocco and Senegal are strong and deeply rooted in history, and these are the kinds of initiatives that bring people together in both countries,” said Berrada.
For his part, Meftahi stressed that the trip was intended to celebrate the return of Morocco to its African institutional family, the African Union, and the anniversary of the Green March of the Day of the Independence.
He also commended citizens and local authorities for the hospitality and warm welcoming he received throughout his trip. He added that his journey should serve as a message for young people, reminding them of the importance of exercise.
The trip from El Jadida to Dakar is the seventh of his cycling trips, after his tour of Morocco, in conjunction with the celebration of the King’s and People’s revolution anniversary, and Youth day.
Meftahi started his trip from El Jadida to Lagouira passing by Guelmim, and Assa Zag, crossing Oujda and Tangier, then headed back to El Jadida.
The Moroccan globetrotter plans to embark on a journey to Saudi Arabia next year, to perform the pilgrimage.