A tour of Spanish development projects in the domains of health, food security, and women’s rights was the first stop on Queen Letizia of Spain’s trip to Mauritania, which started on Wednesday.

Letizia, the wife of Spain’s King Felipe VI, joined employees from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Aecid), that manages around 30 programs in the northwest African country. Letizia is now in Chad.

Mauritania, which is often ranked as one of the world’s poorest countries, will receive around 52.4 million euros (approximately $56 million) in development assistance from Spain between the years 2014 and 2020.

Since 1998, the Aecid technical office has called the nation’s capital, Nouakchott, its home.

Letizia went to a fish distribution facility with Mauritania’s first lady Mariem Fadel Dah, who is also the wife of the country’s president, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, after her visit to that office. EFE

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