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12th Throne Day of Morocco Marked in Seoul
Moroccan Envoy Mohammed Chraibi Hosts Reception
Moroccan Ambassador to Seoul Mohammed Chraibi and his wife, Mrs. Amal Lahlou, at the reception held at Lotte Hotel on August 1, 2011 on the occasion of 12th anniversary of its Throne Day.

Moroccan Ambassador to Seoul Mohammed Chraibi and his wife, Mrs. Amal Lahlou, hosted a reception at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on August 1, 2011 on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of its Throne Day.

Morocco's national day "Throne Day," which is celebrated normally on July 30, is the day of accession of King Mohamed VI to the throne in 1999.

A number of guests were invited to the dinner reception held on the second floor of the Lotte Hotel.

Moroccan Ambassador to Seoul Mohammed Chraibi (center) poses Dr. Shim Myung-Pil (to his left), minister of Office of National Reiver Restoration, Argentine Amb. Carlos Alberto Arganaraz (2nd from right). At right is Managing Director Hwijae (Herbert) Lee of Korean Importers Association (KOIMA).

Among the invitees were scores of top foreign envoys and wives serving in Seoul.

From the South Korean government, Mr. Shim Myung-Pil, minister of Office of National River Restoration, was invited to deliver a congratulatory speech.

In a welcoming speech the Moroccan envoy stressed the close ties between Morocco and South Korea.

In particular, the envoy expressed his thankfulness for the support and cooperation done through South Korea’s KOICA (Korean International Cooperation Agency).

Moroccan Amb. Mohammed Chraibi (center) poses with Dr. Shim Myung-Pil (right), minister of Office of National Reiver Restoration.

In a congratulatory speech Minister Shim Myung-Pil of South Korea’s Office of National River Restoration showed his heart-felt affection toward the North African nation.

He also emphasized continued cooperation between South Korean and Morocco.

In a host of cities in the world the 12th anniversary of the Throne Day of King Mohammed VI was celebrated with the participation of the local leaders and people.

Back in Morocco, hundreds of prisoners were pardoned on the order of its King Mohammed VI on the occasion of Throne Day.

Moroccan Amb. Mohammed Chraibi (center) poses with Lebanon Amb. Issam Mostapha (2nd from right), Minister Counsellor Ernesto Torres Pereyra (right) of Dominica Republic, and Chang Kun-Jo (2nd from left), local artist. At left is Mr. Kim Chang- Hwan, attorney at law of Athena Law Office in Seoul.

The bilateral relations between Morocco and South Korea hark back to July of 1962, when the two nations established official ties.

Since then the bilateral ties has been on the steady increase.

In recent years such major South Korean corporations as LG, Samsung, Daewoo Engineering as operating in Morocco.

Ambassador's speech

Throne Day Celebration of the Kingdom of Morocco
Seoul Auguest 1, 2011

Your Excellency Mr. Shim Myung-Pil!
Minister for Office of National River Restoration
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all and thank you for coming tonight to celebrate with us the 12th anniversary of the Enthronement of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

The Throne Day symbolizes the constant symbiosis and harmony between the people and Throne Institution. It is marked by the sacred act of allegiance, which is a binding contract between the King and the Moroccan people.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen!

Today, Morocco is celebrating this important event under the rule of a new Constitution adopted through a massive vote following a referendum held on July 1, 2011.

This is yet another fundamental achievement in the process of the spectacular reforms Morocco has been undertaking during the last few years in terms of democracy and socioeconomic development.

In His speech to the nation on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of the Throne Day, His Majesty the King has stated that "This achievement is the outcome of a deliberate, independent decision by the nation, and it is a sources of pride for all Moroccans, as it reflects the uniqueness of the internationally acclaimed Moroccan model."

The new constitutional charter, which was prepared by all Moroccan stakeholders, constitutes the bedrock of the special Moroccan democratic development model and a new historical bond between the Throne and the people.

Under the New Constitution, fundamental democratic practices have been stressed, namely the separation of powers, the independence of the judiciary, regionalization and more responsibility and powers to the head of government and to the Parliament.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen!

May I seize this auspicious occasion to express our satisfaction as to the excellent ties existing between the Kingdom of Morocco and brotherly Republic of Korea.

Indeed, the two countries will enthusiastically celebrate in 2012 the 50th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations.

The fruitful and constructive cooperation between the two countries on the political, economic, and cultural levels has been strengthened, throughout the years, by the diverse meetings and exchange of visits of high personalities from both countries.

In fact, the two countries have outstandingly stressed their willingness to maintain constant dialogue, based on genuine friendliness, mutual comprehension and valuable cooperation, with a view to achieving a successful and beneficial partnership.

In the same vein, I would like to recall that Korea has been willingly committed to sharing its unique experience with Morocco in socio-economic development programs are being promoted in Morocco through the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), especially in the field of information technology and training.

The Kingdom of Morocco will spare no efforts to further boost its multidimensional cooperation with the Republic of Korea and hopes that the excellent ties that exist between our two friendly nations will be further enhanced and perennially meet the expectations and ambitions of our countries' leaders and people.

Long live Morocco-Korea friendship and Gamsa Hamnida!

Minister Shim Myung-Pil’s Speech

Salaam Alaikum (안녕하십니까?)

Ambassador Chraibi, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen!

First, I would like to say how greatly honored I am to stand before you all.

I am delighted to have this chance to deliver a few remarks on behalf of the people and the government of the Republic of Korea at this joyful gathering to celebrate the Throne Day of the Kingdom of Morocco.

Morocco is known to be one of the oldest kingdoms in the world and is appreciated for its rich and beautiful culture.

Indeed, Moroccan cities such as Casablanca, Marrakesh, and Fez are some of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. And I, myself, would love to visit these remarkable sites someday.

Distinguished Guests!

Korea-Morocco relations have continued to flourish since we established diplomatic ties in 1962.

In recent years, there has been a steady rise in the bilateral trade volume and the two countries have nurtured strong bonds of cooperation in a range of areas such as environment, water resources and culture.

For example, in May, His Excellency Omar Kabbaj, advisor to His Majesty the King came to Korea to visit the Four Rivers Restoration sites. I had the honor to meet him during this visit. His Excellency expressed his wish to strengthen bilateral cooperation in such areas as water supply.

As you (might) know, Korean government initiated the Four Major Rivers Project as a core national green growth policy in December 2008, and we are planning to complete the overall project by the end of 2012.

This project will address water related problems such as flood, drought, and water pollutions, and provide better future for our citizens with creation of diverse ecology, waterfronts, and culture.

The Four Major Rivers Restoration Project would be the big event that changes Korea’s history addressing climate change.

Our two countries will celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year. I look forward to this generating fresh momentum to take our relations to a new level of cooperation in a whole spectrum of areas.

Indeed, I hope that this occasion serves as a stepping stone to further cement lasting relations between our two countries.

In closing, I would like to express my sincere wish for the continued development of our bilateral relationship, for the everlasting prosperity of Morocco, and for an ever-deepening friendship between the people of our two countries.

Thank you. Shukran (슈크란)!

For details please contact its embassy for Ms. Marie-Claire Hong at 793-6249 or leave her an Email at

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