New US Ambassador Kicks Off Official Duties, Meets with Moroccan FM

US ambassador to Morocco David Fischer with Moroccan foreign affairs minister Nasser Bourita. Photo credit: Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Rabat – New US ambassador to Morocco David Fischer met Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita in Rabat on Wednesday.

The ambassador handed his credentials to the Moroccan FM in order to officially start his duties as the leader of the US diplomatic mission in Morocco.

The meeting between the US ambassador and the Moroccan FM comes a week after Fischer swore in at a ceremony at the US Department of State in Washington D.C.

The meeting comes after Morocco went without a US ambassador for nearly three years.

The US Senate confirmed Fischer as US ambassador to Morocco in December 2019. However, President Donald Trump nominated Fischer in Morocco in November 2017.

The new ambassador is a renowned businessman in the automotive industry in the US.

Fischer owns the Suburban Collection, a car dealership company, the 14th largest car sales group in the US.

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It has 36 dealerships across Michigan, his birthplace.

Born in 1946,  the diplomat is a graduate of the Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, where he studied business.

Fischer also served as president and chairman emeritus of the North American International Auto Show.

During his previous nomination hearing at the Senate in 2018, Fischer vowed to strengthen diplomatic relations between Morocco and the US.

The ambassador said that Morocco is one of the US’ “oldest allies,” recalling the treaty of friendship with Morocco, ratified in 1787.

He added that the treaty is the “longest unbroken treaty relationship in the United States’ history.”

The official also praised the  enormous economic opportunities in Morocco, adding that: “Exports from the United States to Morocco have tripled in recent years.”

A successful businessman, it is very likely that Fischer has a business vision and goals to achieve during his tenure in Morocco.

Fischer is a good friend of US President Donald Trump. He contributed an estimated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund.