Harry and Meghan to Visit Morocco in First Arab Trip

Saturday, 23 February, 2019 - 06:15
London - Asharq Al-Awsat

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit Morocco from February 23 to 25.

Alyson King, spokesperson to the UK government for the Middle East and North Africa, said the visit came at the request of the British government, noting that it will be the first trip to an Arab country by Prince Harry and his wife.

The visit "highlights the growing strength and depth of bilateral relations between Britain and Morocco, and the importance of Morocco for the UK as a stable African and Arab country with a strategic vision for growth and development that includes all Community components," King told the Dubai-based Arabic Media Hub affiliated to the British Government.

"The visit's main focus will be on the role of education and the empowerment of women and young people in building modern Morocco, and on how to use traditions to help move to modernity."

Harry and Meghan will visit a house run by "Education for All", a non-governmental organization in the Moroccan town of Asni that has built many boarding schools for girls between 12 and 18 years, to ensure that girls from rural communities in the Great Atlas region have access to secondary education.

The Duke and Duchess will visit students and teachers from a local high school in Asni, as well as the school's sports stadium to watch children play football.

The Royal couple will also visit the Moroccan Royal Federation of Equestrian Sports to learn more about Morocco's growing program to support children with special needs through horse therapy.

The visit is scheduled to include a cooking event where children with special needs will learn traditional Moroccan recipes from one of the best chefs in Morocco, and a meeting with children working in a restaurant run by people with special needs in Rabat, as well as a show of local cooking utensils.

Harry and Meghan's trip will also cover the empowerment and support of young Moroccans in a meeting with a number of young entrepreneurs. They will see traditional Moroccan arts and crafts displayed in the walled public garden amid plants, flowers and fruit trees. The couple will also attend meetings with many Moroccan women influencers, athletes, young businessmen, and people with special needs.

The visit to Morocco is expected to be the Duke and Duchess's last official trip outside the UK before their baby's delivery.

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