UAE officials cheer Morocco on Independence Day

President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan sent a message of congratulations to the King of Morocco Mohammed VI on the occasion of the Independence Day of his kingdom, which is on 18 November.

Cheers fly to Morocco

Similar greetings were also sent to King Mohammed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Millions celebrate the Independence Day

On Wednesday, November 18, millions of Moroccans worldwide are marking the 65th anniversary of Morocco’s Independence Day.

On March 2, 1956, Morocco achieved independence from France and on April 7, 1956, from Spain.

The nation celebrated Independence Day on March 2. Before the late King Hassan II formally took the throne on March 3, 1961.

King Hassan II, however, demanded that Independence Day on November 18 be commemorated.

The date marks the legendary freedom speech of King Mohammed V. He gave that speech in 1955 upon his return from exile.

Independence Day honors the King’s speech 65 years ago, while Morocco has had independence from European colonists for 64 years.

The inspiring story of Free Morocco

From 1927 to 1953, Morocco recognized King Mohammed V as Sultan until, on the eve of Eid Al Adha, French colonial authorities forced the ruler from Moroccan soil, considering him a threat to the status quo. He and the royal family went in 1953 to Corsica and in 1954 to Madagascar.

Moroccans gleefully celebrated his triumphant return on November 16, 1955, and recognized him as the Sultan once again. Furthermore, his vigorous opposition to the French protectorate drew his people to his side.

In late 1955, under a system of interdependence between Morocco and France, King Mohammed V negotiated with Spain and France. This was to gradually regain the independence of his country. He also promised to introduce measures that would turn Morocco, with an elected administration, into a constitutional monarchy.

“We are happy to declare the end of the trusteeship regime and protectorate. It’s the beginning of democracy and independence.” On November 18, 1955, King Mohammed V announced.

Moroccans honor the revolutionary monarch’s struggle for their liberties by marking Morocco’s Independence Day on November 18 rather than March 2 or April 7. Now It’s free of colonial clutches. Morocco is witnessing untold growth and has become an African economic superpower and a Maghreb defense bastion.

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