First Arab female ambassador Lalla Aisha dies

September 6, 2011

Princess Lalla Aisha, the first Arab female ambassador, has died, Moroccan officials have said.

Lalla Aisha died on Sunday at the age of 81 and will be buried on Monday. She was the aunt of Morocco’s king and the eldest daughter of the late King Mohammad V and Lalla Abla Bint Tahar.

Born on June 17, 1930 in Rabat, she was appointed by her brother, the late King Hassan II, as Morocco´s ambassador in the United Kingdom (1965-69), making her the first Arab female ambassador.

She was later appointed in Greece (1969-70) and Italy (1970-73). She was also active in the Red Crescent Society.

Lalla Aisha will be buried at Moulay Al Hassan Mausoleum at the Royal Palace in Rabat.



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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
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  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
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  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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