Morocco’s reluctance to accept quake aid baffles foreign government

Following a 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Morocco that resulted in over 2,500 deaths  

– and numerous injuries and displacements, several foreign governments and organizations offered aid.

– Countries such as France, Germany, Italy, and the United States, along with the United Nations, expressed their readiness to provide assistance to Morocco.

However, Morocco has been hesitant in accepting this international support 

– leading to confusion among foreign officials and criticism domestically.

Morocco's Interior Ministry initially agreed to accept search-and-rescue teams only from "friendly countries" like...

...– Britain, Qatar, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates, citing the "needs of the field."

Morocco appeared slow in responding to broader offers of humanitarian and technical assistance.  

– The U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, expressed their willingness to help but awaited communication from the Moroccan government on how and where assistance could be provided.