King Mohammed VI received Thursday in Rabat daughter and Senior adviser to US President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, who is visiting Morocco to promote the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.
After her meeting with the monarch, Ivanka Trump took to Twitter to thank him for “his gracious hospitality”.
“Today, I was honored to speak with His Majesty King Mohammed VI & thank him for his gracious hospitality during our delegation’s visit to the beautiful country of Morocco,” she wrote in her tweet on Thursday.
The adviser to the US president concluded her tweet, emphasizing that Washington “deeply values the long-standing & growing bilateral relationship between our countries.”
In another tweet, Ivanka said that she discussed with the King “his meaningful recent legal reforms to advance gender equality in Morocco.”
“We appreciate his leadership on making progress on all aspects of the @MCCgov Compact. #WGD,” she added.
Thursday evening, Princess Lalla Meryem, the King’s eldest sister, hosted a royal dinner in honor of Ivanka Trump.
CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Sean Cairncross, who is part of Ivank Trump’s party, the Chargé d’Affaires of the American embassy in rabat, David Greene, and the King’s adviser, Andre Azoulay, attended the royal dinner.
The dinner came after a full day of appointments for Ivanka Trump in and near Rabat on the second day of her three-day trip to Morocco.
She thus met Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.
Earlier, Ivanka Trump visited an olive grove in Sidi Kacem, a city 130 kilometers east of Rabat, where she met local women farmers, known as “soulalyat” and launched a campaign to support women’s ownership of soulaliyate lands, as part of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative.
Recent legal changes to inheritance laws have opened the way for women to work on and benefit from as much land as men in communally-owned lands.
During this field visit, Ivanka Trump learned about women’s access to soulaliyate (collective) lands, and
attended a signing ceremony of two agreements between several partners that will provide over $6 million to local female Moroccan farmers.
The accords cover measures to support the melkisation operation through training in agricultural production, financial management and the fight against illiteracy.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation supports the soulaliyate lands melkisation (ownership) by women, and works to issue land titles for about 67,000 hectares of collective land, which will benefit about 56,000 beneficiaries in the Gharb and Al Haouz regions.
During the signing ceremony, Ivanka Trump said that investing in women leaves the way for investment wide open. Land ownership remains a sine qua non condition for stimulating economic and social development, she said.
She commended the MCC Compact team for its efforts to implement the W-GDP initiative in Morocco, and welcomed the adoption by the Moroccan parliament of new laws on soulaliyate lands.
During all her activities in Morocco, Ivanka Trump doned Moroccan outfits and during the royal dinner, she wore a glittering Caftan.