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Moroccan Diplomat Elected First Vice-President of Commission on Crime Prevention & Criminal Justice

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:40

Morocco’s Ambassador to Austria, Lotfi Bouchaara, was elected on Monday as first vice-president of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), during the 26th session of the Commission, which runs through May 26.

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Morocco’s Net International Reserves Amount to 241.9 bln Dirhams

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:37

Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 241.9 billion dirhams until May 12, 2017, Bank Al-Maghrib said.

During the week of May 11-17, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 20 billion dirhams.

As for the interbank rate, it remained at 2.28%, while the average trading volume increased from 4.9 billion dirhams one week before to 5.5 billion dirhams, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators.

During the same period, the Dirham depreciated by 0.86% against the Euro and appreciated by 1.35% against the dollar.

MAP 22 May 2017

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Ghana Seeks to Profit from Moroccan Experience in Several Sectors

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:27

Aaron Mike Oquaye, Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament expressed, here Monday, his country's willingness to take advantage of the pioneering Moroccan experience in Africa in several vital sectors.

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Italian Delegation Discovers in Laâyoune ‘Reality Contrasting with Polisario Lies’

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:33

A delegation of the Italian-Moroccan Inter-Parliamentary Union expressed, on Thursday in the southern city of Laayoune, their satisfaction with the development projects initiated in the southern provinces, stressing that the “reality contrasts with the false allegations of the Polisario”.

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Malawi’s Withdrawal of Recognition of SADR, ‘Positive Sign’ : Ghanaian Think Tank

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:26

Malawi's withdrawal of its recognition of the SADR is "a positive sign of the growing acceptance of Morocco’s legitimacy" over the Sahara, the Ghana Institute of Governance and Security (GIGS) said.

"According to GIGS, the solidarity of the vast majority of African Union (AU) countries is indicative of the international legality and the truth about the artificial conflict" around the Sahara, Ghanaian news paper 'The Ghanaian Times' reported.

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UN Announces Official End of Christopher Ross Mission as Personal Envoy for Sahara

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:14

The United Nations announced, On Friday afternoon, that Christopher Ross has ceased, since April 30, to hold the position of the United Nations Personal Envoy for the Sahara.

"Concerning a question asked at the daily press briefing, we wish to clarify that Christopher Ross has ceased, since April 30, 2017, to assume the role of the personal envoy of the secretary-general for the Sahara," said UN spokesman Farhan Haq in a clarification sent to journalists accredited to the UN.

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Morocco Underlines Importance of Solid Ties Between Arab-Islamic World and USA

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:12

Foreign minister Nasser Bourita underlined, on Sunday in Riyadh, the need and the importance of solid ties between countries of the Arab-Islamic World and the United States to address the challenges facing the region.

In a statement to MAP, on the sidelines of the Arab-Islamic-American Summit, Bourita underscored the importance of inaugurating a new era in relations between the Arab-Islamic World and the United States given the challenges facing the region and linked mainly to terrorism and the meddling by some states in the domestic affairs of Muslim countries.

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Moscow Lauds Moroccan Economic Reforms, Ambassador

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:08

Russia commends the economic, social, and political reforms undertaken by Morocco, a country known for its stability in the MENA region and worldwide, said Russia's ambassador to Rabat Valery Vorobiev.

Russia also welcomes the foreign policy of Morocco, Vorobiev said in a speech on Friday at a ceremony held at the Russian embassy on the occasion of his country's national day, noting that the entire world has witnessed the enormous efforts made by HM King Mohammed VI for the return of the Kingdom to the African Union (AU) after a long absence.

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HM the King's Actions Strengthen Africa’s Position Internationally

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 13:05

The actions of HM King Mohammed VI in Africa have always been in favor of a continent more responsive to changes, more present on the international scene and more attentive to diversities, said Youssef Amrani, Chargé de mission at the Royal Cabinet, who was speaking, on Friday in Casablanca, at a forum on "The rise of nationalisms: What future for globalization?"

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FAR Inspector General Receives US Africa Command Commander

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:39

Upon high instructions of HM the King, Supreme Chief and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), Major General, FAR’s Inspector General received, Thursday in Rabat, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser.

Talks focused on the different aspects of military cooperation between the two countries ans the means to develop it, said a statement by the General Staff of FAR.

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Moroccan Senior Official Receives NATO´s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:36

In accordance with the royal instructions, minister delegate in charge of National Defence Administration Abdelatif Loudyi received, here on Thursday, NATO's Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, Sorin Ducaru, who is on a working visit to Morocco at the head of a large delegation.

During the meeting, the two sides examined the various aspects of cooperation between Morocco and NATO at the bilateral framework and under the Mediterranean Dialogue.

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Morocco-Comoros Parliamentary Friendship Group Created

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 16:34

Speaker of the House of Representatives (Morocco’s lower house), Habib El Malki, announced on Wednesday in Rabat the creation of the Morocco-Comoros parliamentary friendship group.

During talks with minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Comorians Living Abroad, Mohamed Bacar Dossar, El Malki stressed that this group will discuss with its Comorian counterpart issues of common interest and the means to strengthen relations between the two legislative institutions.

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Morocco to Be First Non-Oil Producing Country in MENA to Join Emerging Countries (WB)

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 13:48

Over the next few decades, Morocco will be the first non-oil producing country in the MENA region to join the emerging countries club, according to a World Bank report entitled “Morocco 2040 - Emerging by Investing in Intangible Capital”.

   According to the report, which was presented in Casablanca on Tuesday by Marie-Françoise Marie-Nelly, World Bank Director for the Maghreb and Malta, Morocco has achieved undeniable advances over the last 15 years, economically and socially, as well as in the fields of individual liberties and civil and political rights.

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WB Lends Morocco US$350 Million to Develop Financial Support

Thu, 05/18/2017 - 13:38

The World Bank (WB) announced, on Tuesday, a $350 million program to support wide-ranging reforms of financial intermediation in Morocco.

The loan supports new sources of financing for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) while improving the regulatory oversight of the banking sector, said the financial institution, adding that the operation also supports capital market development by broadening the range of instruments and strengthening the protection of Moroccan investors.

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Gdim Izik Defendants Withdraw from Tuesday's Hearing

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:25

Defendants sued in the Gdim Izik trial announced their withdrawal from the Tuesday hearing.

The defendants' foreign lawyers decided to stop representing them.

 The court decided to appoint Moroccan lawyers to represent the suspects, as part of legal aid, in accordance with article 423 of the penal code.

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Morocco, Italy Set to Promote Cooperation in Education

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 13:21

Morocco and Italy pledged, on Tuesday in Rabat, to consolidate educational cooperation between the two countries.

This came in a meeting between minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mohamed Hassad, and president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union of Italy and Morocco, Eleonora Cimbro, who is leading a delegation on a working visit to Morocco.

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Morocco, Japan Launch Economic Parliamentary Forum

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:56

An economic parliamentary forum between the Houses of Advisors of Morocco and Japan was launched, announced, Monday in Tokyo, Speakers of the two Houses, Hakim Benchamach and Chuichi Date, respectively.

During talks with his Chinese peer, Benchamach said that his working visit to Japan is meant to explore new prospects for cooperation between the two countries and strengthen their relations in various areas.

The Moroccan official briefed his Japanese counterpart on Morocco's upper House and its specificities at the regional level.

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Cooperation Agreement with Morocco on Fertilizer, 'Great Opportunity' for Nigeria (Nigerian FM)

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:54

The cooperation agreement between Morocco and Nigeria on Fertilizer is "a great opportunity" for Nigeria, Nigerian Foreign minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, said.

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FM Receives Comorian Counterpart, Bearer of Message from President Assoumani to HM the King

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 11:50

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, received Monday in Rabat his Comorian counterpart Mohamed Bacar Dossar, bearer of a message from president of the Comoros Islands, Azali Assoumani, to HM King Mohammed VI.

At the end of the meeting, Dossar told reporters that the talks were an opportunity to recall the distinguished and fraternal relations between the two countries, underlining the shared will to strengthen these relations through the holding of the Joint Committee.

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Witnesses Provide Vital Information on Gdim Izik Camp, Public Prosecutor

Mon, 05/15/2017 - 13:15

The three prosecution witnesses, questioned on Wednesday as part of the Gdim Izik trial, gave important information on the situation that was prevailing in the camp set up in Oct.-Nov. near Laayoune and the role of some suspects in the tragic incidents that took place during its dismantling, said public prosecutor at Salé's appeal court Hassan Daki.

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