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In Pictures: Ivanka Trump Enjoys Royal Welcome in Morocco

Ivanka Trump had a busy three days in Morocco, where she promoted the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative.

Rabat – Ivanka Trump, White House advisor and daughter of US President Donald Trump, wrapped up her three-day trip to Morocco on November 8. Ivanka traveled to Morocco on November 6 to assess the development of the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative, which aims to economically empower 50 million women by 2025.

Wednesday, November 6

Princess Lalla Meryem greeted Ivanka upon her arrival at the Rabat-Sale airport in Morocco’s capital.

Ivanka Trump arrived in Rabat on November 6. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Ivanka Trump briefly spoke with Princess Lalla Meryem after arriving in Rabat. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

November 6 was the 44th anniversary of the Green March, a national holiday in Morocco. Ivanka did not schedule any public appearances.

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Thursday, November 7

Ivanka traveled to Sidi Kacem to meet with Moroccan women who have been impacted by recent land inheritance laws. CEO of Millennium Challenge Corp (MCC) Sean Cairncross accompanied Ivanka to the rural town. 

Aicha Bourkib, a Moroccan farmer, warmly welcomed Ivanka Trump to Sidi Kacem. AP Photo
Ivanka Trump toured an olive grove in Sidi Kacem. AP Photo

The visit to Sidi Kacem also included a signing ceremony for two new agreements with partner organizations. The agreement provided Moroccan beneficiaries with over $6 million to support additional training on farming practices, financial management, and literacy.

“When you invest in women, they invest back into their families and communities and countries flourish,” Ivanka said during the ceremony, as reported by the Associated Press (AP).

Ivanka Trump greeted attendees of the signing ceremony in Sidi Kacem. Photo credit: The Epoch Times
Ivanka Trump enjoyed traditional music at her meeting in the rural Moroccan town of Sidi Kacem. AP Photo
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The US delegation then returned to Rabat, where Ivanka and Cairncross met with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.

Ivanka Trump with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.
MCC CEO Sain Cairncross, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, and White House adviser Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka and Cairncross also attended a bilateral meeting with Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani. The US delegation applauded Morocco’s recent adoption of land laws to improve women’s rights to collective lands.

Ivanka and El Othmani then chaired a signing ceremony between MCC and the Moroccan interior ministry.  

Morocco’s Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit and Cairncross signed a partnership deal to support the implementation of the new laws related to the soulaliyat (communal) lands.  

Morocco’s Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Sean Cairncross.

Ivanka then met with King Mohammed VI and thanked him for his gracious hospitality during the US delegation’s visit to Morocco. 

That evening, Princess Lalla Meryem, the sister of King Mohammed VI, hosted a royal dinner in honor of Ivanka and the US delegation. 

Ivanka glowed in an ornate champagne-colored kaftan, loaned to her by King Mohammed VI, according to AP.

King Mohammed VI reportedly loaned Ivanka Trump her kaftan. Photo credit: Carolina Hurley
Sean Cairncross and Ivanka Trump were hosted by Princess Lalla Meryem for a royal dinner. Photo credit: The Daily Mail
Ivanka Trump with Princess Lalla Meryem at the Royal Palace in Rabat. AP Photo
Ivanka sat next to Princess Lalla Meryem for dinner. Photo credit: Carolina Hurley
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Friday, November 8

On Friday morning, Ivanka visited the Palais des Congres in Rabat to give $6.2 million in grants to nine beneficiaries

Ivanka Trump spoke at Palais des Congrès in Rabat about female empowerment. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman/ Morocco World News.
Ivanka Trump poses with Moroccan women at the Palais des Congres. Photo credit: Wouter IJzerman/ Morocco World News.
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Ivanka, accompanied by Cairncross, then visited the US Embassy in Rabat. They met with stationed US Marines, and US and Moroccan employees and their families to thank them for their service to the US Government.


Ivanka and Cairncross departed Rabat for Casablanca, where they toured the Specialized Institute in Aircraft Aeronautics and Aircraft Logistics (ISMALA). The technical and vocational education training center was selected to receive a grant to promote private-sector partnerships for vocational training through the MCC Compact.

At ISMALA, Ivanka and Cairncross met with women who will benefit from MCC’s program activities. The White House and MCC announced Morocco’s first Women in Science (WiSci) Camp that is planned for the summer of 2020.

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Ivanka took to Twitter on Friday to praise the US delegation’s “incredible” trip to Morocco.