For the first time since Independence His Majesty the King of Morocco recently paid a visit to the south of the country, beyond Maarrakesh and the Atlas mountains.
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Background: For the first time since Independence His Majesty the King of Morocco recently paid a visit to the south of the country, beyond Maarrakesh and the Atlas mountains. It was a private journey and His Majesty was everywhere received with great enthusiasm.
At Zagora, where His Majesty used to live, the King first went to the Ministry of Information and Touring, and then went round and about this Sahara city renewing everywhere old contacts and making fresh ones.
His Majesty was particularly interested in the library "M'Hamed Ben Naser Ben Mkunfi". Here are stored precious old manuscripts in a building built in 1568.
The next day the King went to M'Hamid, about 80 kilometres from Zagora, itself a gateway to the Sahara.
On his return towards Zagora, His Majesty stopped at Tagourit where in the presence of a great crowd he laid the foundation stone of a mosque which will be called "Mosquee du Sahara." Beforehand, in the village square, in front of a crowd garbed in picturesque dress, the King made an important announcement reaffirming the determination of Morocco to secure a readjustment of her frontiers and the return of certain Saharan territory.
Recalling the travels of his grandfather Moulay Hassan in the Sahara to consolidate the unity of Morocco, His Majesty spoke about the many problems - social and economic - which confronted the country, and his joy at meeting again his Saharan subjects. Their loyalty would not pass un-noticed.