Moroccan state news agency MAP reports that the king received Kohler on Tuesday at the royal palace in Rabat. Kohler also met with Prime Minister Saâdeddine El Othmani and Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
Some hope Kohler brings new impetus for a long-delayed referendum on Western Sahara's future. The U.N. has a peacekeeping mission monitoring a 1991 cease-fire between Moroccan forces and the independence-seeking Polisario Front. Morocco annexed the Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, in 1975.