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King and Queen of Spain’s state visit to Morocco postponed

The state visit of Their Majesties King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain to the Kingdom of Morocco has been postponed yet again until March. However, exact dates for the March visit will be confirmed at a later time. It was first moved from November to the second week of January after Morocco’s King Mohammed elected to attend a summit between the European Union and the African Union in the Ivory Coast which was occurring on the same dates that the Spanish King and Queen were planned to visit Morocco.

It was initally supposed to begin next week on the 9th and last until the 11th. The Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the postponement, which reportedly came from the host country, on Wednesday to Spanish media. Reasons for the delay were not given. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did say that “relations between both countries are cordial,” according to Spain’s El País. They added that the relationship could be seen in the “close collaboration in the fight against jihadist terrorism and illegal immigration.”

Their Majesties were to visit three Moroccan cities: Rabat, Casablanca and Tangier. They were also due to meet King Mohammed and his wife, Princess Lalla Salma on the state visit next week. King Felipe and Queen Letizia were also to host a business forum in Casablanca.

The trip had not been formally announced, but preparations were underway; this included a bilateral agreement that was due to be signed during the trip. Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, was expected to join them on the visit.

When the trip does take place, it will be the visit to Morocco for King Felipe and Queen Letizia. Their first journey to the country as King and Queen took place in 2014, shortly after the King had succeeded his father, King Juan Carlos on the Spanish throne. That same trip saw them also visit the Vatican, France and Portugal.

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