JFK'S TALKS WITH KING HASSAN II ENDED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, March 29, 1963, President John F. Kennedy of the United States & King Hassan II* of Morocco** ended their discussions here in the Nation's Capital.
The two leaders issued a joint statement which said that in their discussions the King had "made known his views" on the global situation as well as the problems his nation & others faced in the region economically.
JFK, in turn, the statement continued, "outlined" the views of the United States on questions which then divided the East & West & expressed the desire "to reach an agreement on disarmament."
The statement also said that an agreement reached between JFK's predecessor, President Eisenhower, & Hassan's predecessor, King Mohammed V, in 1959 would stand. That agreement provided that U.S. forces in Morocco would be withdrawn by the end of 1963.
The joint statement ends with King Hassan's expression of hope that President & Mrs. Kennedy will be able to pay a return visit to Morocco "in the near future."
*King Hussan II (1929-1999) was educated at Imperial College at Rabat & earned a law degree at the University of Bordeaux. He came to power on March 3, 1961 with the death of King Mohammed V & was succeeded by his own son, Mohammed VI in 1999.
**Morocco, located in western North Africa, borders the Atlantic Ocean & the Mediterranean Sea. Its capital is Rabat & largest city is Casablanca. The government is a constitutional monarchy.
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