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Grand Master sends letter of condolence to the King of Morocco

The Grand Master Fra’ John Dunlap has sent a message of condolence to His Majesty the King of Morocco in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck the country last Friday night, causing more than 2,800 deaths: ‘The Sovereign Military Order of Malta expresses all its solidarity and support to the Moroccan people. Our Ambassador in the country is closely following the relief operations and has offered the Order of Malta’s International Relief Agency’s help.’

The Grand Master expressed heartfelt condolences on behalf of himself and the entire Sovereign Order of Malta to the families of the earthquake victims and to all the Moroccan people.

The Order of Malta and Morocco have had diplomatic relations since 1986.

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