RABAT, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- Morocco's Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams will receive a record 1,240 foreign Islamic preachers' trainees in 2018, local media reported on Thursday.
Opened in 2015 in the capital Rabat, the religious training center aims to play a leading role in fighting religious radicalism via instilling the values of moderate form of Islam in the next generation of Muslim religious leaders from across the region and the world.
Citing the ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, the daily Akhbar Al Yaoum said that most of the foreign trainees belong to subsaharan African nations.
The Moroccan center will receive Islamic preachers' trainees from Mali, Guinea, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Chad and Nigeria, the same source pointed out.
In addition, France will send some 55 Islamic preachers, it added.
Last October, Morocco extended the Mohammed VI Institute for the Training of Imams for the third time to respond to the growing demand from a number of countries.