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King Felipe VI of Spain to Visit Morocco Wednesday and Thursday

Spanish news outlets are widely reporting that King Felipe VI of Spain will arrive in Morocco this week.

The Spanish King and his wife, Queen Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, are set to arrive in Morocco on February 13 for a two-day visit.

The visit, according to Spanish media, has been on the royal agenda since 2016 but has been postponed several times.

Despite the postponement of the visits, King Felipe VI expressed satisfaction with the Moroccan-Spanish diplomatic ties.

Spain and Morocco maintain a strong diplomatic ties. The prime minister of the Iberian country said as much during his first official visit to Morocco in November 2018.

King Felipe VI spoke positively about the strategic ties in July 2018 at the 5th World Congress of Middle East Studies.

“The relations between Morocco and Spain are strategic because we are neighbors who have shared concerns and who face common challenges and threats that we can transform into opportunities for close cooperation together with will and determination,” he said.

He also said that the two countries’ strategic bonds are based on “mutual trust, respect, and cultural affinity.”

The Spanish monarchs made their last visit to Morocco in 2014. King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Salma received them in an iftar attended by more than 300 guests.

In addition to their strong diplomatic ties, Morocco and Spain are also strong business partners.

According to data from the European Statistics Office, Moroccan exports to Spain increased by 5.4 percent during the first 11 months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

Moroccan imports of Spanish goods also recorded an increase of 2.6 percent from a year before.

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