U.S. President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. reached out to King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Monday, extending his heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of life resulting from the devastating earthquake that struck the North African nation on September 8.
During the call, the two leaders reaffirmed the unwavering partnership between Morocco and the United States, underscoring their commitment to work together in times of crisis, the White House said in a statement.
The earthquake, which rocked Morocco earlier this month, left a trail of destruction and claimed numerous lives. President Biden expressed his sympathy for the victims and their families, emphasizing the United States’ solidarity with Morocco during this challenging period.
One of the key topics of discussion during the call was the United States’ commitment to supporting Morocco’s disaster response efforts. President Biden informed King Mohammed VI that the U.S. government had allocated $1 million in funding to aid relief activities in the earthquake-affected areas. This financial assistance will play a crucial role in providing immediate relief and helping the affected communities recover from the disaster.
In addition to discussing immediate relief efforts, the two leaders also delved into the United States’ readiness to provide further assistance in the long-term recovery and rebuilding of the regions affected by the earthquake. The commitment to not only address the immediate aftermath but also to assist in the reconstruction highlights the depth of the enduring partnership between the two nations.
Throughout their conversation, President Biden and King Mohammed VI expressed their shared determination to stand together during this crisis and beyond. They pledged to maintain close contact as they continue to work together to address the challenges posed by the earthquake and strengthen the longstanding bonds between Morocco and the United States.