WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (D-PA) recognized the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco before the U.S. Senate. This followed commemoration by U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, of America’s longest standing treaty with Morocco, which celebrated its National Day this week, honoring His Majesty King Mohammed VI’s thirteen years of leadership.
“It is important to extend our warm congratulations to His Majesty King Mohammed VI as well as to the people of Morocco on the anniversary of the Treaty of Peace and Friendship,” remarked Senator Casey, saying the treaty “set the stage for continued and sustained engagement between our two countries.”
Senators were also reminded of President George Washington’s words to Morocco’s Sultan Mohammed III in a letter following the treaty’s ratification by the U.S. Senate on July 18, 1787, which acknowledged the challenges facing the fledging American nation but pledged that “[…] our soil is beautiful, and our people industrious and we have reason to flatter ourselves that we shall gradually become useful to our friends.”
Senator Casey noted that Morocco, the first country to recognize U.S. independence in 1777, was also “one of the first nations to express its solidarity with the United States [after the attacks of 9/11] and immediately renewed its commitment as a strong ally to combat terrorism.”
“This year, we mark 225 years since our two nations ratified a treaty of peace and friendship – the longest unbroken treaty in United States history,” said Secretary of State Clinton on Monday in a statement marking Morocco’s National Day. “Together, we are working to expand trade, increase cultural and educational exchanges, and strengthen security in the region. This relationship will continue to strengthen as we work toward our common goals.”