The head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, represented King Mohammed VI on Thursday, August 1st, at the inauguration ceremony of the new president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould El-Ghazouani. The latter had won, on June 22nd, the first round of the presidential elections in Mauritania with a majority of 52% of the votes, succeeding the incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz.

“El Othmani congratulated the Mauritanian people for this new political stage, proof of the safety and stability enjoyed by Mauritania,” said a statement from the head of the government’s office. The statement added that Morocco is committed to “strengthen the historical bilateral ties and to broaden them.”

El Othmani was welcomed at Nouakchott International Airport on July 31st by Mauritanian Prime Minister Mohamed Salem Ould Bashir, as well as Minister of Justice Mokhtar Malal, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed National Defense, Yahya Ould Hademine, Interior and Decentralization, Ahmedou Ould Abdellah, as well as Hamid Chabbar, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco in Mauritania.

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