"You're at least evenhanded in your coverage," Egyptian Ambassador Ashraf Ghorbal told the photogragher who arrived Wednesday at the residence of the Moroccan ambassador after covering the earlier reception for Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.
Wednesday Moroccan Ambassador and Mrs. Ali Bengelloun gave a dinner party in honor of Energy Secretary James R. Schlesinger on the arrival of Moussa Saadi, the Moroccan minister of energy. As the only Arab state without oil, Morocco shares concern over energy sources and policy with the United States.
"We have most of the same problems as the United States," said Saadi, remarkably energetic at a dinner party just two hours after his arrival in the United States.
"We import almost all the oil we need, and oil supplies 80 percent of our energy."
The ambassadors of Egypt and Lebanon were both at the dinner given at the Moroccan ambassador's residence. But, during a relaxed social evening, there was almost a studied a avoidance of any talk of the visit of the Israeli prime minister to discuss the Middle East situation with President Carter.
"I watch the White House departure on television this afternoon," Lebanese Ambassador Najati Kabbani said. "It is incredible how a country that depends so absolutely on the United States can say 'No'."
At dinner, the table with energy scretary Schlesinger in attendance spoke, as might be expected, of the waste of energy with homes too hot in the winter and over-air-conditioned in the summer.
Schlesinger, who first visited Morocco 25 years ago as a student on a scholarship, but never made it to Marrakesh that time, did so two months ago on a trip when he conferred with King Hassan II and Moroccan officials on energy problems.
Wednesday, in remarks at the dinner in his honor, he refered to the long-stalled energy legislation as a "subject that has permanence about it." If it has little popularity, he added, its passage is of great importance both to save energy sources and financial stability for the United States.
Saadi left for Pittsburgh yesterday with a Moroccan energy delegation as the first stop on a tour of research and production centers in this country. Morocco, as vulnerable to oil price increases as the United States, is looking for alternate sources from coal, oil, shale and uranium.
"I'm a geologist," Saadi said. "Before - a long time ago - Morocco and the United States were neighbours, before the Atlantic Ocean came between. You have some of the same deposits that we have. We are neighbours geologically."