Ambassador Mekouar’s career in the foreign service of the Kingdom of Morocco spanned over 30 years. He was Ambassador to the United States from 2002-11, during which time Morocco was declared a major non-NATO ally of the US. Prior to this, Aziz was Morocco’s Ambassador to: Italy, Albania and the Sovereign Order of Malta (1999-2002); Portugal (1993-99); and Angola (1986-93). He was also Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and was elected independent Chairman of the Council of the FAO from 2001-05.
Since retiring from government in 2011, Aziz has been an advisor to major Moroccan and international investors in Morocco. He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Bank of Africa. Aziz is fluent in Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. He has been awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Portugal, the Grand Cross of the Military Order of Christ (Portugal), and the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Italy.