Rabat – Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Ahmed Toufiq and his Malian counterpart Mahamadou Kone signed, Thursday in Rabat, a memorandum of understanding on the training of Imams Morchidines and Morchidates (religious preachers).
This agreement aims to train a total of 300 Imams Morchidines and Morchidates within the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams Morchidines and Morchidates, divided into five groups of 60 beneficiaries each.
Under this agreement, each group will undergo a two-year training session and accommodation will be provided by the Moroccan side.
This MoU aims to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood between the two brotherly peoples and consolidate the values of cooperation between the two parties in Islamic affairs, given the fundamental role of the training of Imams in promoting the values of moderation and tolerance.
Speaking on this occasion, Toufiq noted that this agreement comes in implementation of the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, stressing that it will allow Morocco and Mali to initiate a new stage of cooperation.
“Mali was the first country to benefit from the training of Imams Morchidines and Morchidates,” he stated, recalling the bilateral agreement on the training of 500 Malian Imams, inked in 2013 in Bamako.
For his part, Koné expressed his deep gratitude and sincere thanks to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, for His constant and sustained efforts to benefit the Malian people.
The Malian minister also welcomed the signing of the MoU, which illustrates, according to him, the strong fraternal relations of cooperation between the two peoples and the two countries.
The Kingdom of Morocco has played a considerable role in the training of Imams in Mali, he noted, highlighting the positive impact of such training sessions on the Malian people.