On November 22, a U.S. president will receive King Mohammed VI of Morocco at the White House for the first time since 2002. A White House statement indicated that the president looks forward to discussing with him "Morocco’s democratic and economic reforms."
The United States and Morocco have a free-trade agreement, hold joint military exercises, and cooperate on counterterrorism. Washington appreciates the kingdom’s moderate voice on the Arab-Israeli conflict. The U.S. gave Morocco $697 million over the past five years to combat poverty and stimulate economic growth via the Millennium Challenge Corporation, which requires the recipient country to favor "just and democratic governance."
Ahmed Benchemsi – Foreign Policy