King Mohammed receives US secretary of commerce
Morocco-USA, Politics, 11/13/2002
Morocco's King Mohammed VI received in Rabat on Monday US secretary of trade, Donald L. Evans, who was on a 24-hour "courtesy and working visit."
The audience took place in the presence of the US ambassador to Rabat, Margaret Tutwiler, Moroccan delegated minister for foreign affairs and cooperation, Taib Fassi Fihri, and Aziz Mekouar, Morocco's ambassador to the United States.
The US official also met on Monday Driss Jettou, the Moroccan prime minister.
Jettou stressed the importance of signing the free trade agreement between the two countries, saying that it will have beneficial results on the bilateral economic and commercial ties, and encourage investments in the kingdom.
The US secretary paid homage to the work Jettou accomplished as minister of the interior, and voiced his country's readiness to support the new government.
In a press conference he gave before meeting Moroccan officials, Evans said the US administration applauds the political and economic reforms in Morocco that culminated with the recent legislative elections, "widely reported to have been conducted in a fair and open manner."
The more open and liberal the Moroccan economy, the greater interest U.S. companies will show in trading with and investing in Morocco, Evans said before stressing that the projected U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement will strengthen the economies of both nations and significantly deepen both countries overall bilateral trade relationship.
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