Rabat — HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid and HH Prince Moulay Ismail, chaired, on Monday at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a reception on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of the Sovereign's accession to the throne of his glorious ancestors.
At the beginning of this ceremony, HM the King greeted the national colors to the tune of the national anthem, while a salvo of 21 cannon shots was resounding.
The sovereign was greeted by several Moroccan and foreign figures came to present their wishes to HM the King on this occasion.
Thus, HM the King was greeted by Antonio Sozzo, Vatican ambassador, dean of the diplomatic corps accredited to Morocco and the European diplomatic corps, Khaled Bin Salman Al-Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain, dean of Arab and Islamic diplomatic corps, Banga Eboumi Francis, Ambassador of the Republic of Gabon, Dean of African Diplomatic Corps, Santiago Marcovich Monasi, Ambassador of the Republic of Peru, dean of American diplomatic corps, and Xu Jinghu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, dean of the diplomatic corps of Asia.
The Sovereign was, subsequently, greeted by Abdelillah Benkirane, head of government, Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Information Technology, Karim Ghellab, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, Speaker of the House of Advisors, Mustapha Fares, first President of the Court of Cassation, and Mustapha Meddah, Attorney General of the King to this Court.
HM the King was also greeted by Achergui Mohamed, Chairman of the Constitutional Council, Ahmed El Midaoui, President of the Court of Accounts, Chakib Benmoussa, Chairman of the Economic, Social and Environment Council, Issef Mohamed, Secretary General of the Higher Council of Ulema, Driss El Yazami, President of the National Human Rights Council and the Council of the Moroccan community abroad, Abdelaziz Benzakour, President of the Institution of the mediators, and Amina Lamrini El Ouahabi, president of the High Council for Audiovisual Communication.
The Sovereign was also greeted by the president of the Competition Council, Abdelali Benamour, President of the Central Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, Abdesselam Aboudrar, and the President of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs, Khalihenna Ould Errachid.
HM the King was also greeted by Lieutenant General Abdelaziz Bennani, General Inspector of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), Lieutenant General Hosni Benslimane, the Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie, Lieutenant General Bouchaib Arroub, head of the third office, Divisional General Ahmed Boutaleb, Inspector of the Royal Air Forces, Brigadier General Mohamed Laghmari, inspector of the Royal Navy, Brigadier General Haddou Hajjar, Inspector of the Auxiliary Forces (Northern Zone), Bouchaib Rmil, Director General of the National Security, Mohammed Yassine Mansouri, Director General of Studies and Documentation, and Abdellatif Hammouchi, Director General of Territorial Surveillance.
HM the King was also greeted by Mohammed Moussaoui, President of the French Muslim Council and Joel Mergui, president of the Central Consistory of Jewish communities in France.
The Sovereign was also greeted by Monsignor Vincent Lamdel, Archbishop of Rabat, the Rev. Samuel Amedro, president of the Evangelical Church in Morocco, Maxim Massalitin, President of the Russian Orthodox Church, and Yosef Israel, Grand Rabbi of Casablanca.
On this occasion, the director of the Royal Institute for Research on the history of Morocco, Mohamed El Kabli, presented to HM a book entitled "History of Morocco: updating and synthesis" in Arabic and French.
The first to be published by the Institute, this book is a kind of history that ensures an objective apprehension in a dual academic and citizen concern of the historic route of the Kingdom.
HM King Mohammed VI decorated, on the same occasion, several Moroccan and foreign figures with royal Ouissams. The Sovereign decorted with the Grand Cordon of Ouissam Al Arch, Benzouina Abdelhamid, professor of Arabic at the Royal School, and Ouissam Al Arch de l'ordre d'officier Oudghiri Kamal, a communications engineer at the U.S. space agency NASA in the United States, Driss Chater, president of the Union Internationale des Avocats, M'Hammed Lourtiti, president of Copag company specializing in food industry, Mordecai De Vico, and Amine Benkirane, president of the company Kitea of furniture.
HM the King also decorated with Ouissam Alawite de l'ordre d'officier of Bertrand Piccard, pilot of solar plane and founder of Solar Impulse, and Andre Borchberg, the same airplane pilot and co-founder of Solar Impulse.
Similarly, the Sovereign decorated with the Ouissam Al Arch de l'ordre de chevalier Abdelhak Al Harrak, Governor, Director of Information Systems and Communication at the Interior Ministry in charge of the medical assistance program (RAMED), Jilali Hazem, director of planning and financial resources at the Health Ministry in charge of RAMED Abdessalam Benabou, deputy director of the budget at the Ministry of Economy and Finance in charge of RAMED, and Abdellatif Mostadrif, part of the national agency of insurance in charge of RAMED.
Omar Ait Aziz Lakzabri , imam of the Hassan mosque II in Casablanca, Mohamed Torrés, president of the association Asmir in Tetouan, Hasna Daoud, a member of the local council of ulema and "Daoud" Library Director in Tetouan, Abdessalam Assafar, former director of the Al-Fadila school, were decorated with the national award Ouissam (Al-Wataniya al-Moukafaâ) de l'ordre d'officier.
HM the King also decorated with the same Ouissam Omar Sayed, lead singer of "Nass Al Ghiwane," actresses Naima Lamcharki and Nezha Regragui, singer Latifa Raafat, the late singer Mohamed Rouicha (Ouissam presented to his son Hamdallah Rouicha) and late actor Aziz Alaoui (the Ouissam was presented to his son Rachid Alaoui).
Adam Mhamdi, sports of snow skiing player who won the golden medal in Alpine skiing's Super Giant (2012), and Lahssan Ahansal et Mohamed Ahanssal, Athletes of the International Marathon of the Sands, and Said Ben Ammar, the first Moroccan, Arab and African to cross the Atlantic in a rowing boat, were also decorated with the national award Ouissam.
Thereafter, HM King Mohammed VI offered an iftar - the meal that breaks the day of fasting- in honor of the figures present.