The moroccan press
Secretary of state to the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mounia Boucetta, co-chaired, Tuesday in Conakry, with minister of Foreign Affairs and Guineans Abroad, Bah Hadja Makalé Camara, a working session on the follow-up of the various cooperation and partnership agreements signed with this West African country.
The meeting, which is part of the program of a visit paid by a Moroccan delegation to Guinea, brought together representatives of the Moroccan and Guinean public and private sectors.
UNSG Antonio Guterres offered, on Monday, his condolences to Morocco following the death of a Moroccan soldier from the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) contingent of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), in an attack allegedly carried out by anti-Balaka militias in Bangassou.
"The UN chief offers his condolences to the bereaved family and to the Government of Morocco," said Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General, in a statement.
The board of directors of Morocco's news agency MAP, convened on Monday under the chairmanship of culture and communication minister Mohamed Laaraj, approved the activity and financial reports of the year 2016.
During this meeting, attended by MAP managing director Khalil Hachimi Idrissi, the board approved its May 24, 2017 report and surveyed its recommendations.
Health minister El Houcine El Ouardi said, on Monday in Al Hoceima, that six new health centrers are under construction and 28 others are being revamped in the city for an amount of 65.1 million dirhams.
These centers, under the "Al-Hoceima, Manarat Al Moutawassit" development program, will be completed by the end of this year or early 2018, said El Ouardi in a statement to the press during a field visit to get informed about the progress of projects aimed at reinforcing and diversifying health care offer in the province of Al Hoceima for a budget of over 500 million dirhams.
Secretary of state for foreign affairs Mounia Boucetta was granted an audience, on Monday in Dakar, by Senegalese President Macky Sall.
"I am very honoured to be granted an audience by the Senegalese president, an occasion to highlight the agreements concluded by Morocco and Senegal in the different areas," said, in a statement to the press, Boucetta who is leading, upon the royal instructions, a Moroccan delegation, including representatives of the public and private sectors, on a visit to Dakar to supervise the implementation of agreements inked by the two countries.
France condemned Sunday's attack in Bangassou (Central African Republic) against a patrol of peacekeepers, which caused the death of a Moroccan soldier, saying that the perpetrators of this attack must be brought to justice.
"We offer our condolences to the family of the victim and to the Moroccan authorities," said the French Foreign Ministry in a statement made public on Monday by its spokesman Agnès Romatet-Espagne, adding that France supports Morocco, a country that is seriously affected, in its commitment to peacekeeping operations.
Moroccan MINUSCA Peacekeeper Killed, Three Others Wounded in Exchange of Fire with Armed Group (Military Source)
A peacekeeper belonging to the Royal Armed Forces (FAR) contingent in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) was killed in an exchange of fire with the anti-Balaka armed militia, which attacked a FAR contingent patrol returning from an escort mission in Bangassou on July 23, 2017 at around 5:30 pm, said a military source.
Three other peacekeepers of the patrol were also injured in the attack, the same source added.
Morocco decided to increase the quota of scholarships granted to Senegalese students enrolled in the Kingdom's higher education schools from 100 to 150 for the next academic year, said on Friday in Dakar director general of the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI), ambassador Mohamed Methqal.
The announcement was made during the preparatory meeting of the Morocco-Senegal inter-joint committee related to education, research and student exchange, attended mainly by Morocco's ambassador in Dakar Taleb Barada.
Efforts to tap key new markets are yielding results for Morocco’s tourism industry, helping the country to boost visitor numbers and buck regional trends in the process, the Oxford Business Group (OBG) pointed out.
Deputy minister in charge of Relations with the Parliament and Civil Society, government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi, said, on Thursday in Rabat, that there is a collective awareness of the need to create an atmosphere of serenity in Al Hoceima.
The 70th session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) opened on Thursday in Rabat.
The two-day event, chaired by speaker of Guinea-Bissau’s National Assembly, Cipriano Cassama, will discuss several issues, including admission and readmission within the UPA as well as the implementation of decisions and recommendations of the Conference of Presidents.
The criminal court of the Salé Appeal Court on Wednesday morning gave verdicts ranging from two years to life sentence against the accused in the events related to the dismantling of the Gdim Izik camp.
The court has sentenced to life imprisonment Abhah Sidi Abdellah, Al Ismaili Ibrahim, Bani Mohamed, Mohamed Boutankiza Lbachir, Laâroussi Abdeljalil, Lakhfawni Abdallah, Lamjid Sidi Ahmed and Sbaï Ahmed.
The United States stressed, on Wednesday, the multidimensional nature of the Moroccan strategy in fighting violent extremism, which places at the top of its priorities the objectives of economic and human development, vigilant security measures, as well as regional and international cooperation.
"Morocco has a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation, and counter-radicalization policies," said the US Department of State's Country Reports on Terrorism 2016, published in Washington.
Al Hoceima: Majority Parties Call on Citizens to Adhere to Decision of Not Authorizing July 20 Demonstration
The parties of the government majority called on the inhabitants of Al Hoceima to adhere to the decision of the local authorities of not authorizing the demonstration of July 20 to preserve the climate of serenity and public order.
The Council of the Arab League praised on Monday the role played by HM King Mohammed VI, chairman of the Al-Quds Committee, in the protection of Al Quds.
In a statement issued following an extraordinary meeting dedicated to Israel’s latest violations, the Council also commended efforts made by King Abdullah II of Jordan to preserve the holy places in Al-Quds.
The Council expressed its pride with the mobilization of the Palestinian people to defend the Arab character of the holy city and praised efforts made by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in this regard.
Chilean President Michelle Bachelet received, Monday evening at the Moneda Palace in Santiago, Speaker of the House of Advisors Hakim Benchamach, on a working visit to Chile.
This audience was an opportunity to renew the will of the two countries to further promote their bilateral relations based on mutual respect, for an exemplary partnership between two countries sharing the same aspirations, Benchamach told MAP following the meeting.
Morocco is one of the most important partners in the European Union's (EU) neighborhood, said, on Tuesday in Rabat, vice-chair of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Anders Primdahl Vistisen.
Culture & Communication Ministry Follows France24’s Apologies, Examines Its Compliance with Laws in Force
The Ministry of Culture and Communication on Monday followed the apologies presented by France24 news channel in its newscast of 5pm following a letter addressed by Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laaraj, due to the channel’s airing of images having nothing to do with the treatment of the events of Al Hoceima.
Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 201.5 billion dirhams until July 7, 2017, recording a 16.4 pc year-on-year decrease, Bank Al-Maghrib said.
During the week of July 6-12, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 67.2 billion dirhams.
As for the interbank rate, it remained at 2.33%, while the average trading volume increased from 5.4 billion dirhams one week before to 8.2 billion dirhams, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators.
During the same period, the Dirham depreciated by 0.49% against the Euro and appreciated by 0.79% against the dollar.