The moroccan press
On HM the King's Instructions, Major General, FAR Inspector General Receives Portugese Defense Minister
On the instructions of HM the King, Supreme Chief and Chief of Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), the Major General, FAR Inspector General received, Monday in Rabat, Portugese Defense minister, José Alberto Azeredo Lopes, who is on a working visit to Morocco.
The talks between the two officials focused on the different aspects of bilateral cooperation between the Royal Armed Forces and the Portuguese Armed Forces, said a statement by the General Staff of FAR.
In collaboration with Spanish security services, Moroccan authorities on Monday busted a three-member terror linked to the “Islamic State”.
Morocco Busts Terrorist Cell in Collaboration with Spanish Security Services
The Criminal Chamber at the annexe of Salé Appeal Court resumed, Monday, the hearing into the case of the accused in the Gdim Izik events, which left 11 killed and 70 wounded among the security forces, as well as 4 injured among civilians.
During this thirteenth hearing, the court will examine the reports of the medical committee charged with the medical examination of the defendants.
The medical reports concern 16 accused, 5 other defendants having refused to go through this process.
The Commission for Foreign Relations in the Colombian House of Representatives stressed that "only a negotiated political solution that preserves the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco, will guarantee peace and stability in the region”.
Morocco welcomes the provisions on the Moroccan Sahara contained in the 2017 US Appropriations Bill, signed Friday by President Donald Trump, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said Friday.
This bill stipulates that the funds destined for Morocco are also usable in the Moroccan Sahara. Indeed, the bill provides that "the funds allocated [to Morocco] under Title III... shall be made available to support the Western Sahara”, the ministry pointed out in a statement.
Malawi's withdrawal of its recognition of the SADR constitutes a fruition of the Royal vision oriented towards Africa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said Friday in Rabat.
"This withdrawal was achieved thanks to the personal involvement of HM the King and a royal vision oriented towards Africa which, during these last months, has known a strong impulse towards austral Africa”, Bourita said at a joint press briefing following a meeting with his Malawian peer, Francis Kasaila.
Natural Resources of Moroccan Sahara Are Exploited in Line of International Law, National Sovereignty
The natural resources of the Moroccan Sahara are exploited in line of international law and national sovereignty, Minister Delegate in charge of Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, Government Spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, said Thursday in Rabat.
Speaking at the opening of the fifth edition of HUB Africa, the Gabonese minister expressed his wish to see this cooperation model include all African countries.
Chairman of the COP22 Salaheddine Mezouar called, on Thursday in Casablanca, for pooling efforts by all private, public and civil society stakeholders in favour of climate protection.
Mezouar, who was speaking at a panel on "COP22: Hub Africa Plays Extra Time" under the opening session of the 5th HUB AFRICA fair, said that the COP22 was a milestone in the fight against climate change.
The Moroccan experience in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) was showcased, on Wednesday in Niamey (Niger), as part of the parliamentary forum of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
A statement by the house of representatives said that the house deputy speaker Mohamed Ouzzine surveyed ICT developments in Morocco, underlining the ongoing increase in the number of internet users, the development of mobile telephony services and strategies adopted by Morocco in terms of digital mutation and society of knowledge.
Colombian Senate Reiterates Full Support for Morocco's Efforts Aimed at Reaching Solution to Sahara Issue on the basis of Moroccan Autonomy Plan
Colombian Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee reiterated its full support for Morocco's efforts aimed at reaching a solution to the Sahara issue on the basis of the Moroccan autonomy plan.
This announcement was made following the adoption by this Committee at a regular meeting held on Tuesday of a resolution reiterating the full support of the Colombian Senate for the efforts made by the Kingdom of Morocco since 2007 to reach a fair, political, final and consensual solution to the Sahara issue, on the basis of the Moroccan autonomy plan.
Morocco is determined to further strengthen its relations of friendship with China, speaker of the House of Advisors (upper house), Hakim Benchamach, said here on Tuesday during talks with Chinese ambassador to Morocco, Sun Shuzhong, at the end of his diplomatic mission in the Kingdom.
In this regard, Benchamach stressed the importance of the historic visit of HM King Mohammed VI to China in May 2016 and highlighted the promising prospects for a comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, the House of Advisors said in a statement.
Head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, held talks, Tuesday in Rabat, with Japanese vice-minister for Foreign Affairs, Shunsuke Takei, who is on a working visit to Morocco.
The number of tourists who have visited Morocco during the first quarter of 2017 stood at 2.1 millions, increasing by 7.9% year on year, according to the Tourism Observatory.
The number of foreign tourists grew by 11.7%, while arrivals of Moroccan expatriates increased by 2.7%, said the Tourism Observatory in its Moroccan tourism statistics over January-March 2017.
This rise involved the main tourism markets, namely Germany and France (+ 6%), the United Kingdom and the Netherlands (5%), Spain (4%) and Belgium (+ 3%) , it added.
Morocco posted a major reduction in the maternal mortality rate of 35% compared to 2010, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, health minister Houcine El Ouardi.
A survey including 121,725 households in 12 regions (urban and rural zones) showed an important reduction in the ratio of maternal mortality in Morocco, which dropped to 72.6 mother deaths for 100,000 live births, versus 112 in 2010, that is a reduction of 35%, said El Ouardi at a press conference with national media outlets.
Morocco is on the path of building a development model that makes the promotion of the human capital and capacity-building its main pillar, said, on Wednesday in Rabat, head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani.
Morocco is a "privileged", "strategic” and “distinguished” partner of Spain, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press briefing following a meeting with Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, Dastis hailed the excellent bilateral relations, noting that Morocco and Spain share common interests and are motivated by the desire to maintain the “privileged” nature of their ties.
France Commends Adoption by UNSC of Resolution 2351 on Sahara
France commended on Tuesday the unanimous adoption by the UN Security Council (UNSC) of resolution 2351 (2017) on the Sahara, which extends by one year the MINURSO mandate.
"France commends the unanimous adoption on April 28 by the United Nations Security Council of resolution 2351, extending for one year MINURSO’s mandate, » French Foreign Ministry spokesman, Romain Nadal, said at a press briefing.
Morocco: A total of 1,089 Syrian Asylum-seekers Confirmed As Persons in Need of International Protection (Ministry)
The ad hoc commission, under the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, responsible for hearing asylum seekers, confirmed until January 2017 a total of 1,089 Syrian asylum seekers as persons in need of international protection.
Mezouar, El Haite To Continue Fulfilling Their Respective Mandates As 'COP22 President', ‘High Level Climate Champion’ (Foreign Ministry)
In accordance with the High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Salah Eddine Mezouar and Hakima El Haite will continue to fulfill their respective mandates as "COP22 President" and "High Level Champion for Climate," said a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.