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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-02-24

Morocco's King Mohammed VI concluded a five-day state visit to Mali on Sunday during which he signed diplomatic and economic agreements aimed at bolstering Rabat’s influence in the region.

The king and Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar were on hand for the symbolic groundbreaking ceremony of a state-of-the-art health clinic that will be financed by Morocco. The two countries also reinforced ties through a series of trade agreements.

However, Mohammed VI’s visit was also aimed at supporting Mali’s fragile peace process between the government and Tuareg communities in the country’s desert north, a mediating effort that in the past has been led by regional rival Algeria.

The Moroccan sovereign next heads to Ivory Coast for a three-day visit in the West African country.

To see FRANCE 24’s full report on King Mohammed VI’s tour or Mali click on the player above.

Date created : 2014-02-24

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