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Morocco: International Assistance

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many volunteer workers at the Village of Hope/Village de l'Espérance at Ain Leuh ordered to leave by the government of Morocco are (a) United Kingdom and (b) European Union citizens; and if he will make a statement. (321851)

10 UK citizens and seven other European Union citizens have been expelled from Morocco.

Foreign Office officials in London met with the Moroccan Chargé d'Affaires on 10 March to express the UK's concerns. Foreign Office officials in Rabat have asked the Moroccan authorities for a full briefing on the matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the implications for future EU-Morocco relations of the decision of the government of Morocco to expel volunteer workers from the Village of Hope/Village de l’Espérance at Ain Leuh on the charge of proselytizing the Kafala community and orphaned children in the province of Ifrant; and if he will make a statement. (321852)

No assessment has yet been made of the implications for future EU-Morocco relations. Respect for human rights principles, as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an essential element of the EU’s association agreement with Morocco.

Foreign Office officials in London met with the Moroccan chargé d’affaires on 10 March to express the UK’s concerns. Foreign Office officials in Rabat have asked the Moroccan authorities for a full briefing on the matter.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the government of Morocco on its decision to expel all foreign volunteers, including EU citizens, from the Village of Hope/Village de l’Espérance at Ain Leuh; and if he will make a statement. (321853)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has not discussed this with his Moroccan counterparts.

Foreign Office officials in London met with the Moroccan chargé d’affaires on 10 March to express the UK’s concerns. Foreign Office officials in Rabat have asked the Moroccan authorities for a full briefing on the matter.