The Tangier Chamber of Commerce hosted a photography exhibition to commemorate Yuri’s first journey into space.
Rabat – Morocco is celebrating International Day of Human Space Flight, also known as Yuri’s Night, the milestone journey of a Russian astronaut, the first human who entered outer space.
The Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Services of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region is hosting a photography exhibition to commemorate Yuri’s Night.
Astronaut Yuri Gagarin, born on March 9, 1938, became the first human to journey into outer space on April 12, 1961. Gagarin died in 1968 in a tragic plane crash near Moscow in an MiG-15.
The Russian ambassador to Morocco, Valerian Shuvaev, and the chamber’s treasurer, Houssain Ben Taib, co-chaired the opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition displays pictures of the young Russian astronaut and Russian artisanal handicrafts.
Shuvaev said the exhibition is an occasion to highlight the Russian-Moroccan relationships that are “moving in the right direction.”
He also underlined the cultural and historical ties between Morocco and Russia, improved by visits of King Mohammed VI to Russia and President Vladimir Putin to Morocco.
Ben Taib in turn said that the event comes in a “context marked by a considerable development of relations between Morocco and Russia in many areas.”
Referring to bilateral trade, Ben Taib expressed desire “to open up more to Russia, especially through boosting economic visits” between the two countries.