Ivanka Trump welcomed by Princess Lalla Meryem in Morocco

Ivanka Trump is in Morocco for a three day trip to promote women's economic empowerment.
Thursday 07/11/2019
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is greeted by Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco as she arrives in Rabat, Morocco, Wednesday, November 6. (AP)
Ivanka Trump, the daughter and senior adviser to President Donald Trump, is greeted by Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco as she arrives in Rabat, Morocco, Wednesday, November 6. (AP)

White House adviser Ivanka Trump has arrived in Morocco to promote women's economic empowerment in the North African country.

President Donald Trump's daughter was welcomed by Princess Lalla Meryem and Morocco's foreign minister Wednesday during an airport meeting in the capital of Rabat. Ivanka Trump and the princess sat on a sofa and talked for several minutes before departing.

During the three-day visit, Ivanka Trump will promote the US government's Women's Global Development and Prosperity Initiative.

Launched in February, the programme aims to help 50 million women in developing nations advance economically over the next six years.

Ivanka Trump is traveling with Sean Cairncross, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corp., an independent U.S. foreign aid agency that's working with the Moroccan government to promote economic growth, reduce poverty and strengthen institutions.

The trip comes after Morocco updated land rights laws that critics say shortchange women.

Ensuring that women can create wealth by inheriting or owning land or other property is a focus of Ivanka Trump's initiative.

She arrived in Rabat on a national holiday in Morocco and had no public appearances scheduled for Wednesday.

On Thursday, Ivanka Trump arranged to visit an olive grove on the outskirts of the capital that is a Millennium Challenge Corp. project.

She'll also solicit feedback on women's empowerment during a roundtable discussion in Rabat with female leaders.

Also planned are meetings with Morocco's prime minister, foreign minister and royal family.

(News agencies)