David Fischer, who was recently appointed U.S. ambassador to Rabat, said in a note posted on the front of the “Dar America” pavilion at the 26th International Book and Publishing Fair in Casablanca (SIEL) that “Morocco is one of the oldest allies of the United States and the Treaty of Friendship and Peace, signed in 1787 with Morocco, is the oldest treaty in the history of the United States of America”.
“I am honored that Morocco is my home” and “it is a privilege to represent the United States of America in Morocco,” he said.
Another poster on the “Dar America” pavilion, which tells the story of the United States and Morocco, states that “Morocco will remain a vital partner of the United States in creating a safer and more prosperous future for our two peoples.”
“We will continue to provide opportunities for the next generation, maintain a relationship of mutual respect, and build new ties between our economies, continents and peoples,” the poster reads. For her part, Laura MacArthur, cultural assistant at “Dar America” in Casablanca, said that the pavilion of the American Cultural Center “Dar America” at SIEL has chosen for this edition the theme “America’s Window”, to “celebrate the friendship between Morocco and the United States”.
In a statement to MAP, Ms MacArthur said the pavilion is organizing a series of activities that showcase various aspects of American culture and the English language, as well as U.S. government offerings to Moroccans, including opportunities for further study in the United States, and information on visa and the Fulbright U.S. graduate scholarship program.
The pavilion also features profiles of U.S. citizens living and working in Morocco who are “working to strengthen ties between the two countries,” providing information about them, their regions of origin and their experiences in Morocco, she added.
For Ms. MacArthur, SIEL is “a great opportunity for all of us to (…) celebrate reading and books,” she said, adding that the event, which is attended by exhibitors from Morocco, the Arab world, Africa, Europe, America and Asia, is also “a great opportunity for us to connect our different cultures.”
The 26th edition of SIEL, organized by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, in collaboration with the Moroccan Agency for Investment and Export Development and the Casablanca Trade Fairs and Exhibitions Office, is attended by 703 exhibitors who present a rich and varied documentary fund covering several fields of knowledge, with more than 100,000 works.