A special relationship
The Kingdom of Morocco and the United States of America are bound by a special and old alliance dating back to 1777 when Morocco became the first country to formally recognize the newly independent United States. In 1786, Morocco and the United States of America signed a Treaty of friendship that is still in force making it the longest-standing unbroken treaty in US history. This treaty formalized US-Moroccan relations and was signed by the Sultan of Morocco, Mohammed III, and John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, both future U.S. Presidents were the signatories for the United States.
An old alliance united in the defense of common ideals
Morocco and the United States of America share a close and steadfast transatlantic relationship and have relentlessly allied their efforts to defend their shared values of freedom, democracy, tolerance and peace during both World Wars, the Cold War and in various coalitions such as the first Gulf war as well as in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism. With shared interests and common values, Morocco and the United States of America are also working together to promote regional security, create economic opportunities prosperity and address pressing global challenges in the Middle East and Africa.
A strategic partnership
Over the past seven decades, U.S.-Moroccan relations have been considerably strengthened marked by a large number of visits between high officials of the two countries (See Timeline of US-Morocco relations).
Under the leadership of King Mohammed VI and the last four US Administrations, the US-Morocco relationship has advanced on political, economic, social, and security fronts, highlighted namely by a joint commitment to combating terrorism, the designation of Morocco as a non-NATO Ally, the signing of the 2004 Free Trade Agreement and the establishment of two Compacts with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
In recognition of this strong alliance, Morocco and the United States of America launched on September 13, 2012 a Strategic Dialogue—one of about two-dozen such agreements in existence.
Ambassador of Morocco to the United States
Princess Lalla Joumala Alaoui
Her Highness Princess Lalla Joumala was appointed as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United States of America by His Majesty the King Mohammed VI in October 2016.
HH Princess Lalla Joumala was previously appointed as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Morocco to the United Kingdom (2009-2016). In this role, Her Highness endeavoured to diversify and strengthen Morocco-UK ties on the political, economic, cultural and security fronts.
Her Highness’s contribution to the advancement of the Moroccan-British relationship preceded her ambassadorial appointment. In February 2003, she founded the Moroccan-British Society (MBS), which she continues to preside over. The MBS is aimed at creating opportunities for social, cultural, educational, business and charitable activities and strengthening the 800 years old relation between Morocco and the UK. In this capacity, Her Highness organised, in 2007, the “SACRED Exhibition of Manuscripts of the Three Religions of The Book”, under the joint Royal patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh with the British Library. She also set up the King Mohammed VI Fellowship on Moroccan and Mediterranean Studies with Oxford University in 2004.
HH Princess Lalla Joumala headed the Delegation of the Kingdom of Morocco to the Special Session on HIV/AIDS at the United Nations in New York in 2001. Previously, her Highness also held an Executive position at Bank Al Maghrib, Morocco’s central bank.
Over the course of her career, HH Princess Lalla Joumala has developed an interest in history and international relations with a focus on inter-faith dialogue and relations between Islam and the West. Her Highness also has a personal interest in music, arts and literature.
HH Princess Lalla Joumala is also highly engaged in charitable activities. Her Highness chairs over the Lalla Hasnaa Orphanage in the city of Casablanca, which shelters an average of 200 abandoned children providing them with education and new foster families when possible.
HH Princess Lalla Joumala obtained a degree in Politics and History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. She is fluent in Arabic, English, French and Spanish.
She is married and has one child.