Various national and international public figures came to congratulate the King on the 20th anniversary of his coronation.
Rabat – Accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid, King Mohammed VI hosted a reception in Tangier’s Merchane palace. The reception took place on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his coronation.
At the reception, a number of political and military figures took the opportunity to congratulate the King. Among those attending were the current Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, President of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki, and the President of the House of Councillors, Abdelhakim Benchamach. Former Heads of Government Abdelilah Benkirane and Driss Jettou also attended.
Other Moroccan political figures in attendance included regional officials such as the President of the Council of the Region of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima, Ilyas El Omari, and the Wali of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, Mohamed Mhidia.
Several dignitaries from African countries also attended the celebration. Notably, Algerian ambassador Ahmed Benyamina, as well as Cameroonian ambassador Mouhamadou Youssifou, offered their congratulations to the King.
Ambassadors from further afield also attended the reception. Ukrainian ambassador Yaroslav Koval, Chilean ambassador Alex Geiger Soffia, and Bangladeshi ambassador Sultana Laila Hossain were all guests of the King in Tangier.
King Mohammed VI’s interest in interfaith dialogue and the promotion of tolerance was reflected in the guest list. The event was marked by the presence of diverse religious figures, representing the various faith communities in the Kingdom.
This included Mohamed Yssef, secretary-general of the higher council of Ulema, Catholic Archbishop Cristobal Lopez Romero, Reverend Karen Thomas Smith, head of the Evangelical church in Morocco, Mr. Maxim Massalitin, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, and Mr. Yossef Israel, Grand Rabbi of Casablanca.
Both national and international artists and cultural figures were also in attendance. Photographer Mohamed Maradji was at the celebration, while painter Ahmed Ben Yessefgifted the King one of his paintings. Ghanaian writer Dr. Bonifice Yao Dzube Gebe and Senegalese author Amadou Lamine Sall also attended.