Obama, Morocco's king meet at White House

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Associated Press

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 3:32 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 3:34 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has met with Morocco's King Mohammed VI at the White House for talks on a range of issues.

Arriving at the White House on Friday afternoon, the king was greeted by a military honor guard that lined the driveway to the West Wing. In the Oval Office, Obama and King Mohammed made no public remarks before photographers were ushered out.

The White House said Obama planned to discuss ways to support democratic and economic reforms in Morocco, the Middle East and Africa, plus efforts to counter violent extremism.

On the monarchy's nasty spat with regional rival Algeria over a disputed region of Western Sahara, the White House says Morocco's autonomy plan is realistic and could satisfy the Western Saharan people's aspirations to run their own affairs peacefully.

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