Rabat – President of the House of Representatives Habib El Malki will represent King Mohammed VI during the presidential inauguration ceremony of Chile’s President-Elect, Sebastián Piñera.
El Malki was received on Saturday by the incoming president at the Presidential Palace of Moneda in Chile’s capital, Santiago.
The Moroccan ambassador to Chile, Kenza El Ghali, was also in attendance. On behalf of the Kingdom of Morocco, El Malki expressed congratulations and best wishes to President Piñera for success in his new role as Chile’s leader.
Piñera previously served as the President of Chile from 2010 to 2014. Last November, he was elected again to become the president beginning in March.
During his meeting with the Chilean President-Elect, El Malki lauded the strong relations and bilateral cooperation that has reinforced the bonds of friendship between the two countries.
The new president also spoke about the importance of Morocco-Chile relations and the history of cooperation between the two countries. He also lauded King Mohammed VI’s choice to house the Mohammed VI Cultural Center for the Dialogue of Civilizations in Coquimbo, a major international trading and cultural city in Chile. The cultural center is a resource for interfaith understanding and it promotes Moroccan culture in Chile and across Latin America, according to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).
Pinera will take to office today at the National Congress in Valparaiso and he will deliver an inaugural speech later in Santiago.