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King Felipe to visit Morocco

His Majesty King Felipe of Spain is due to visit the Kingdom of Morocco. According to the Moroccan World News, both Spanish and Moroccan authorities are coordinating the details of His Majesty’s official visit to the African nation.

The precise dates for the trip have yet to be set, but King Felipe has made it a priority to visit Morocco. The last Spanish visit was two years ago when His Majesty visited the country from 14 July to 15 July 2014. His father, King Juan Carlos also visited the country in 2013.

Queen Letizia accompanied King Felipe on the 2014 trip, but it is not known if she will travel to Morocco with the King for the visit currently being planned.

Spain and Morocco have had a long history of conflict, but more positive foreign relations have occurred as of late. This has come from Morocco’s support in the war against terrorism, illegal immigration, and drugs. In October, Jorge Fernandez Dias spoke about the security services cooperation between the two kingdoms. Dias is the Spanish Minister of the Interior and described the cooperation as “excellent.”

The Spanish Minister of the Interior told Spanish organisation Victims of Terrorism Foundation (Fundación Victimas del Terrorismo), “We share operational information, efforts and intelligence with the Moroccan security services. Joint operations are even conducted simultaneously by the two countries.”

It has also been rumoured that His Majesty King Mohammed is due to visit Spain in the near future, as well. However, there has been no confirmation of this report as of yet.

King Felipe VI became the King of Spain 19 June 2014 after the abdication of his father, King Juan Carlos. Felipe is married to Queen Letizia, and they have two daughters, Princess Leonor and Infanta Sofía. King Mohammed VI became King of Morocco on 23 July 1999 after the death of his father, King Hassan II. King Mohammed is married to Princess Lalla Salma, and they have two children, Crown Prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija. 

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