King Mohammed calls for sound return for Moroccan expatriates
Morocco, Local, 4/24/2001
Morocco's King Mohammed VI instructed all concerned departments to guarantee sound return conditions to the Moroccan expatriates who come back home for summer holidays.
The king, who is chairman of the Mohammed V solidarity foundation, issued the instructions at a meeting in Fez Monday, official spokesman for the Royal Palace, Hassan Aourid said in a release.
During the meeting that was devoted to the return conditions of the Moroccans settled abroad, the king instructed the members of the Mohammed V foundation to guarantee best conditions to the return of the Moroccan expatriates, and to extend them all necessary aid, at the level of welcome, medical, human, and relief assistance, the spokesman said.
The king urged the foundation members to coordinate action with concerned departments, at the ministries of foreign affairs and cooperation, the interior, health and transport as well as with the Royal Gendarmerie, the national security and the customs departments.
King Mohammed VI stressed the need to "ensure security conditions" to the Moroccan nationals crossing the Spanish territory, the spokesman said adding that the king also instructed the government to convene a meeting of the national commission in charge of the return of Moroccans settled abroad.
Last year more than one million Moroccans living abroad have crossed the strait of Gibraltar on their way to spend holidays at home.
Moroccans usually embark from the Spanish southern ports of Algesiras, Almeria and Malaga to sail to the Moroccan northern cities of Tangiers and Nador and the Moroccan cities that are still under spanish dominion of Melillia and Sebta.
About 2.3 million Moroccans are living abroad, 80 percent of them being Europe settled.
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