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Moroccan cultural heritage in the spotlight in Panama

Moroccan cultural heritage in the spotlight in Panama
Moroccan cultural heritage in the spotlight in Panama

Monday, May 27, 2024 at 0:19

Panama City – The richness and diversity of Morocco’s cultural and artistic heritage were highlighted in Panama City, during a forum initiated under the banner “Morocco in Panama to build links”.

Several activities were organized as part of this first edition held from May 20 to 24, in partnership between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, the Moroccan National Tourism Office and the Kingdom’s embassy in Panama, as well as the Ministry of External Relations, the Ministry of Culture and the Specialized Higher Technical Institute, on the Panamanian side.

The presidential palace of this Caribbean country hosted, on this occasion, a ceremony marking the end of the restoration work on the Andalusian patio within the said building, a project carried out brilliantly by Moroccan artisans.

According to a press release from the diplomatic representation of Morocco in Panama City, this ceremony was chaired by the First Lady of Panama, Yazmine Colon de Cortizo who welcomed, in a speech for the occasion, the positive progress in relations between Morocco and the Panama, expressing thanks and gratitude to the Kingdom for undertaking the restoration of this architectural masterpiece.

During this ceremony, which was attended by the Panamanian Minister of Culture, the Minister of the Presidency and high-ranking personalities of this country, tribute was paid to the team of artisans who carried out the work of renovation.

On the other hand, the Panamanian Minister of Culture, Giselle Gonzalez Villaroy, accompanied by the Ambassador of the Kingdom, Bouchra Boudchiche, inaugurated a photo exhibition highlighting the cultural and civilizational heritage of Morocco.

On the historic square of the Cathedral, a Gnaoua music group and the Andalusian orchestra of Tetouan also gave a lively concert in the company of a musical group of African origin, in commemoration of the Day of the ‘Africa.

According to the press release, the other highlight of this first cultural and artistic forum is the Moroccan gala evening organized in the Simón Bolívar Palace, headquarters of the Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the presence of personalities from the world of politics, diplomacy and business.

The Minister of Foreign Relations of this Caribbean country, Janaina Tewaney Mencomo, reviewed the similarities between Morocco and Panama, explaining that her country constitutes “a gateway to Latin America, while Morocco is a gateway to Africa and a major player in the Arab world”.

She further highlighted the different aspects of cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including technology, renewable energy, tourism and culture.

The minister also welcomed the establishment by Morocco of the “King Mohammed VI Library” at the headquarters of the Parliament of Latin America and the Caribbean (Parlatino), in Panama City, as well as the renovation of the patio Andalusians at the presidential palace of the Republic, underlining “the immense honor of benefiting from the historical and cultural heritage that Morocco has accumulated over the centuries and of boosting cultural exchanges in the service of sustainable development”.

For his part, the Moroccan ambassador highlighted Morocco’s commitment to consolidating bilateral relations and making them a model of friendship and cooperation, in line with the vision of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, which continues to emphasize the importance of strengthening South-South cooperation links.

The diplomat also noted the importance of working together to build an exemplary partnership.

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