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Morocco's King Mohamed VI receives warm welcome in Conakry

King Mohamed VI of Morocco was given a warm welcome when he arrived in the Guinean capital, Conakry, on Monday to begin a three-day state visit to the West African country.

Guinean president Alpha Conde led the welcoming party at the Gbessia airport when King Mohamed's Boeing 747 touched down amidst tight security on the next leg of a West African tour that includes Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Gabon.

Mr Condé and his host immediately held their first round of talks behind closed doors at the airport.

President Condé and his guest, who is making his first visit to Guinea since he was enthroned in 1999 after the death of his father, Hassan II, will sign about 20 agreements in the areas of energy, water, agriculture, health, industry, mines, education and housing.

Reliable sources say that more than 400 Guinean Imams should benefit from scholarships to be trained in Morocco.

Before departing on Wednesday, King Mohamed VI will visit a cement company, which is cooperation between Guinea and Morocco, and lay the foundation stone for work for the construction of houses in the district of Coleah.

A medical team that preceded the arrival of King Mohamed is offering free health care to the people in tents erected in front of parliament house.

Pana 04/03/2014