Rabat – The celebrations of the Morocco Day cultural event held in Alexandria, Virginia on June 9 was more successful than expected.
“The event was a huge success and highlighted once again the importance of parallel diplomacy in bringing people together and educating about other countries, their history and culture,” Mohammed El Hajjam, president of the Moroccan American Network, told Morocco World News.
The Alexandria celebration after Washington D.C celebrated Morocco Day on March 29.
The decision to celebrate the Morocco’s history and culture comes after Mayor Muriel of Washington D.C. Bowser announced that every March 29 will be Morocco Day.
Zagora, a Moroccan city 350 kilometers southeast and across the Atlas Mountains from Marrakech was honored during both events.
In attendance was Mayor of Alexandria in Virginia Justin Wilson said: “Morocco has always had important historical relations with the US for decades.”
Commenting on the US-Moroccan diplomatic relations Wilson said, “We are here to celebrate this relations and to celebrate Morocco’s cultural contribution in Alexandria.
“We all look forward to forging important economic, cultural and training links with Morocco in the future. We are also keen to create future cultural opportunities that bring us together with Moroccans,” he added.
The event featured Moroccan music, especially folk music from the city of Zagora.
While both events celebrated culture, business was also among the topics discussed during the symposium. A delegation from the city also attended the event to showcase Zagora’s tourism assets to encourage investors to visit and to make business activities in the city.
In addition to Zagora, the Moroccan American Network plans to celebrate twelve other regions of Morocco in the upcoming years. The statement emphasizes that the network will decide whether the coastal city of Essaouira or the blue peak of Chefchaouen will be honored during the 2nd Annual Morocco Day.