Bush praises Moroccan reforms

July 8, 2004 at 3:43 PM

WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- President Bush welcomed Moroccan King Mohammed VI to the White House Thursday and praised new political and social reforms in the African nation.

The reforms include a family law giving men and women equal status, new labor laws and establishment of democratic processes.

"The president did offer praise for the reforms that his majesty the king has undertaken in Morocco," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "Certainly Morocco has undertaken some important reforms to protect the rights of women and children, moving forward on their family law, and we appreciate those efforts to move forward on reform."

McClellan said the two also discussed bilateral relations, Bush's desire to see Congress approve this year a free trade agreement with Morocco, Middle East peace and Morocco's support for reconstruction and peace in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Following a meeting in the Oval office Bush and the king carried on their conversations during a working lunch.

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