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Foreign Ministry Expresses Moroccan Authorities' Deep Concern Over Syrians' Attempt to Illegally Enter Morocco

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:32

The foreign ministry expressed, on April 22, 2017, to the Algerian ambassador in Rabat, the deep concern of the Moroccan authorities following the attempt by 54 Syrians (on April 17-19) to illegally enter, from Algeria, the Moroccan territory at the level of the City of Figuig's border zone.

A statement by the ministry underlined that the Algerian ambassador in Rabat was informed about the testimonies and pictures attesting irrefutably to the fact that these people crossed the Algerian territory before entering Morocco.

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Speaker of Upper House Hails Morocco-China Solid Strategic Partnership

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:30

Speaker of the house of advisors (upper house) Hakim Benchamach lauded, on Friday in Rabat, the solid strategic partnership between Morocco and China.

During a meeting with Liu Qibao, minister in charge of communication and deputy prime minister of the People's Republic of China, Benchamach also highlighted the importance of the historic visit paid by HM King Mohammed VI to China in May 2016, and the promising prospects of fostering an exemplary partnership between the two countries and friendly peoples, said a statement by the house.

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Re-establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Morocco, Cuba

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:28

In accordance with the High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco on Friday re-established its diplomatic relations with Cuba, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

   To this end, a joint statement was signed between the Permanent Missions of the two countries to the United Nations in New York, providing for the re-establishment of diplomatic relations at the ambassadorial level, the ministry pointed out in a statement.

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Sahara: Bogota Declaration Hails Moroccan Regionalization Initiative, AU Return

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:27

Signatories to the Bogota Declaration hailed Morocco's peace and regionalization initiative for the southern provinces and the Kingdom's return to the African Union (AU).

Several representatives of trade unions, academics, artists from Latin America and the Caribbean Islands adopted the Bogota Declaration, on the sidelines of the participation of the Chilean Centre for Maghreb Studies (CCEM), as a guest, in the constitutive congress of the "Alternative Démocratique Syndicale des Amériques" held on April 17-20 in Bogota.

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Morocco Follows with Great Concern Situation in Venezuela

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:04

The Kingdom of Morocco follows with great concern Venezuela’s internal situation, a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.

The Kingdom of Morocco deplores the fact that the peaceful demonstrations that took place this week in Venezuela resulted in casualties, including deaths among the young people taking part in the demonstrations, the statement added.

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Association of Families & Friends of Victims of Gdeim Izik Camp Informs UNSG of Latest Developments of Gdeim Izik Trial

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:02

The Association of the Families and Friends of Victims of Gdeim Izik Camp sent a letter to the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, to inform him of the latest developments of Gdeim Izik trial.

The trial was referred by the Military Court of Rabat to the Court of Appeals of salé, the letter said, adding that this deferral "was an opportunity to make our voices heard and to fully assert our rights."

However, the source added, "we were astonished by the maneuvers of the defense to drop our right to civil suit."

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Morocco’s Decision to Join AU Illustrates Royal Vision of the Kingdom’s Leading Role on Continent: Edward Gabriel

Fri, 04/21/2017 - 11:50

 Morocco’s decision to join the African Union (AU) "illustrates HM King Mohammed VI’s vision of his country’s role on the continent as a platform for regional economic, political and security cooperation," former US ambassador Edward Gabriel wrote in an article published Thursday on the website of the Council of American Ambassadors (

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Head of Govrnement Presents Governmental Program Before Parliament

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:55

 Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani presented on Wednesday the governmental program during a common plenary session of the parliament's two houses.

The said program has five broad lines: the first focuses on supporting the democratic choice, the principles of the rule of law and extensive regionalization.

The second is related to fostering the values of transparency, the reform of administration and good governance, while the third concerns the promotion of economic model, employment and sustainable development.

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Saudi Fund for Development Grants Morocco $100 Million to Support SME

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:26

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Morocco and the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) on Tuesday in Rabat, on the granting by the Saudi Fund of a $100 million to support the financing of SMEs in Morocco.

Signed on the sidelines of the Annual Meetings of the Arab Financial Institutions by minister of Economy and Finance, Mohamed Boussaid, Bank Al Maghrib's Wali, Abdellatif El Jouahri and vice-president of SFD, Yousef Bin Ibrahim Al-Bassam, this agreement aims to finance small and medium projects in Morocco.

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The Government Council of April 2017

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:22

Head of Government  Presents Governmental Program Before Parliament

Head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani presented on Wednesday the governmental program during a common plenary session of the parliament's two houses.

The said program has five broad lines: the first focuses on supporting the democratic choice, the principles of the rule of law and extensive regionalization.

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Morocco's Economic Outlook is Expected to Improve in Mid-Term, WB

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:52

Over the medium term, Morocco's economic outlook is expected to improve, provided the forthcoming government remains committed to pursuing prudent macroeconomic policies and implementing structural reforms, said the World Bank (WB) in its "MENA Economic Monitor".

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SIAM 2017 Banks on Drawing One Million Visitors

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:48

The International Agriculture Fair (SIAM 2017) banks on drawing 1 million visitors who will discover the multi-faceted Moroccan and international agriculture.

A mass inflow of visitors and professionals will be touring the different stands during the event's 12th edition which set the bar high this year.

The 2017 edition has beaten the record with 1,230 exhibitors from 66 countries.

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Ambassador Hilale Puts Down Venezuelan Counterpart at UN Headquarters

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:44

Morocco's permanent representative to the UN, ambassador Omar Hilale, has put down the ambassador of Venezuela to the United Nations during a discussion Tuesday at the UN headquarters on the financing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In his repeated ideological-political crusade against Morocco, the representative of Venezuela said that the achievement of the SDGs will be accomplished by taking into consideration the occupied territories, such as Palestine and the Moroccan Sahara.

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EU Supports Morocco’s ‘Crucial’ Role in Africa, Mediterranean (co-chair of Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee)

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:35

The European Union (EU) is supporting Morocco’s "crucial" role in Africa and the Mediterranean, co-chair of the Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee, Ines Ayala Sender, said Tuesday in Rabat.

The EU aspires to revive Morocco's role in the EU-Morocco-African Union triangle, Sender told MAP following her meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita.

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WB Satisfied With Level of Partnership With Morocco

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:32

Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa Hafez Ghanem voiced, on Tuesday in Rabat, the WB's satisfaction with its partnership with Morocco and the huge success both parties have achieved together.

Ghanem lauded, during this meeting with head of government Saad Eddine El Othmani, the Moroccan model for its political stability and the ongoing development of its economy which will enable the Kingdom to achieve the ambitious goals set as part of the country's economic development, investments and social reforms.

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8th Annual Meeting of Morocco-EU Joint Parliamentary Committee Kicks Off in Rabat

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:28

The 8th annual meeting of the Morocco-European Union (EU) Joint Parliamentary Committee opened on Tuesday at the headquarters of the House of Representatives in Rabat.

The event will focus notably on the results and achievements of this important body for political cooperation between Morocco and the EU.

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Morocco’s Security Strategy, Practical Model to Fight Terrorism in Sahel: Potomac Institute

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 14:10

Morocco’s couterterrorism strategy seems to serve as ‘a practical model’ to fight violent extremism in the Sahel, according to a report released by The Inter-University Center on Terrorism Studies (IUCTS) and the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

“In sum, Rabat’s holistic security strategies, ranging from expanded international cooperation (e.g., joining the African Union) to developing tolerant Islamic approaches, seem to serve as a practical model to bring potential terrorist threats to manageable levels,” the source added.

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Morocco, North African Oasis which Offers Vision of Stability: Australian Newspaper

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 13:05

Morocco is a North African oasis which offers a vision of stability, Australian journalist Greg Sheridan wrote in an article published by "The Australian" newspaper.

"Of all the Arab states of North Africa and the Persian Gulf, none has a serious case for emerging from the Arab Spring in better shape than Morocco," the author of the article pointed out.

Its economic growth rate is better than 4.5 per cent and it has democratic elections ultimately producing stable governments, the newspaper’s foreign editor noted.

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HM the King Inspires Spiritual Leaders in Promoting Tolerance, Peace (The Hill)

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 15:41

HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, is a source of inspiration for religious and spiritual leaders throughout the world in combating jihadism and promoting tolerance and peace, writes on Thursday U.S. daily "The Hill".

“HM King Mohammed VI has used his religious role of Commander of the Faithful to inspire religious leaders to combat jihadist themes and urge tolerance and peace,” notes the publication in an analysis by Ahmed Charai, publisher and board member of several U.S. think tanks.

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Morocco-European Countries Twining: Mid-term Results Are Promising (Lower House Speaker)

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 14:04

The mid-term results of the twinning project between the House of Representatives and the parliaments of some European countries are promising and show that cooperation is not only a written document but a concrete reality, said, Wednesday in Rabat, Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki.

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