The moroccan press
The United Nations on Monday welcomed Morocco's decision of unilateral withdrawal from the Guergarate region, deeming it a "positive" move.
"We obviously welcome the move, and we see it as a positive movement", Spokesman of UN Secretary General, Stéphane Dujarric said during his daily press briefing, adding that the UN "would like to see a general easing of the tensions".
He noted that "today, Minusro observers confirmed that the Moroccan armed elements have withdrawn" from Guergarate, reiterating that "the SG welcomes this withdrawal".
The contribution of Morocco to the economic development of Côte d'Ivoire is impressive, said on Monday Ivorian president H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara.
Morocco's Contribution to Economic Development of Côte d'Ivoire is Impressive, Ivorian Pres.
The Ivorian-Moroccan cooperation is getting deeper and involving many sectors, president Ouattara told the press, adding that the public-private and private-private agreement signed today are a proof of that.
The integration of Morocco into the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is a "natural" step aimed at promoting fruitful relations between the kingdom and this African regional grouping, said vice-president of U.S. think tank "Atlantic Council", Peter Pham.
In many ways, this integration will promote the already existing fruitful relations that have been consolidated in recent years under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, who paid more than twenty visits to most of the countries of this African regional grouping, Pham told MAP-Washington on Monday.
The 14 agreements of public-private and private-private economic partnership, which were signed on Monday at the presidential palace in Abidjan before HM King Mohammed VI and Ivorian President H.E Alassane Dramane Ouattara, on the occasion of the presentation of the Côte d'Ivoire-Morocco Economic Impetus Group's work, are:
- A memorandum of understanding for setting up a funding for the "HEXAGONE", part of the priority projects of the 2016-2020 military programming law.
The announcement made by Morocco of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguarat zone is "an important step", said on Monday a European Union (EU) spokesperson.
"All parties must respect the terms of the ceasefire and continue to work for the interest and stability of the region," he said in a statement to MAP.
France welcomed Morocco’s announcement of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguerat region, stressing that this is an important step that eases the situation while taking into account the stability and interest of the region.
"France calls on all parties to show responsibility and to unconditionally and immediately withdraw all armed elements from the region, in accordance with the ceasefire agreements," spokesman of the French Foreign ministry, Romain Nadal, said.
The Kingdom of Morocco took note with interest of the statement made on Saturday, 25 February 2017 by the United Nations Secretary-General’s spokesman over the tense situation in the Guergarate region in the Moroccan Sahara, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said in a statement.
Morocco takes note of recommendations and assessments made by the United Nations Secretary General, which are in line with international law, the statement added.
The United States hailed on Sunday Morocco's announcement of a unilateral withdrawal from the Guergarat region in the Moroccan Sahara.
"We welcome the Moroccan decision of a unilateral withdrawal of its personnel from the buffer zone of the region of Guerguarat in support of the request of the UN Secretary General," said the U.S. embassy in Rabat in a press release.
The embassy also said that it took note of the statement issued on Saturday by the spokesman of the UN Secretary General concerning the situation in the Guerguarat region.
MAP 27 February 2017
The Spanish government lauded the official announcement, made by Morocco on Sunday, of an immediate unilateral withdrawal from the Guerguerat region.
In a statement by the Spanish Foreign Ministry, Madrid called on the other parties to "immediately" withdraw from the said region, in response to the request of the UN Secretary-General.
HM the King's Visit to Côte d'Ivoire, 'Sign of Confidence & Friendship' (President Ouattara)
The visit of HM King Mohammed VI to the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire is "a sign of confidence and friendship towards our country", Côte d'Ivoire's President, H.E. Alassane Dramane Ouattara, said.
"We are delighted to welcome HM the King. Relations between Côte d'Ivoire and Morocco are very close", the Ivorian Head of State told the press, expressing his pride to welcome HM the King who "does us the honor to return to Cote d'Ivoire".
Morocco was elected, on Thursday in Dakar, as member of the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB) during its 10th general assembly.
The election came following a unanimous vote by the AUB's 28 delegations attending the meeting which will end on Friday.
Moroccan radio and TV company (SNRT) and 2M TV channel request the AUB to accept Morocco's adherence to the pan-African body which brings together 48 members.
Upon the instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, a Moroccan delegation, accompanied by Malian prime minister Modibo Kéïta, inaugurated, on Thursday in Bamako, the "Mohammed VI Perinatal Clinic".
The modern facility is carried out by the Mohammed VI Foundation for Sustainable Development over a surface area of 5 hectares (donated by the Malian state) for the benefit of Malian populations, mainly in the Bamako region.
Morocco to Donate 20,000 tons of Fertilizer to Guinea
Upon high instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Morocco has decided to donate to Guinea 20,000 tons of fertilizer out of the 100,000 tons that will be produced in favor of this country, said on Thursday in Conakry CEO of OCP Group, Mustapha Terrab.
The new African tour of HM King Mohammed VI opens a new strategic axis of Moroccan diplomacy, Rachida Dati, Member of the European Parliament (MEP), said Tuesday.
Security responses alone are no longer enough to manage massive migratory flows in a coherent and concerted manner, said Youssef Amrani, chargé de mission at the royal office.
Youssef Amrani Highlights in Munich Morocco’s Migration Policy
Speaking during an interactive debate on migration and security at the Munich Security Conference, Amrani said that Morocco launched in 2006 the Rabat Process which provides a framework for consultation and coordination, contributes to meeting the challenges posed by migration and encourages opportunities for exchange and development.
The relations with Morocco are fluid and based on absolute trust, respect and collaboration, said, on Tuesday in Madrid, Spanish interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido.
During a press briefing following a meeting with European security commissioner Julian King, Zoido hailed cooperation between Morocco and Spain in terms of the fight against illegal immigration.
Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 252.7 billion dirhams until February 10, 2016, recording a 9.3 pc year-on-year increase, Bank Al-Maghrib said.
During the week of February 9-15, 2016, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 14.5 billion dirhams.
As for the interbank rate, it remained at 2.26%, while the average trading volume decreased from 4.2 billion dirhams one week before to 3.8 billion dirhams, the central bank pointed out in its weekly indicators.
Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy described, on Monday in Malaga (south), as excellent the cooperation between Morocco and Spain concerning the fight against illegal immigration.
Cooperation between Morocco and Spain in this area is excellent and I want to publicly thank the Kingdom given that it is beneficial for the Moroccan, Spanish and European citizens, he said at a joint press conference with French president François Hollande following the 25th French-Spanish summit.
Moroccan-Zambian Agreements, Strong Signal of New Momentum in Bilateral Ties, FM
The 19 agreements, which were inked on Monday in Lusaka under the chairmanship of HM King Mohammed VI and President of the Republic of Zambia, H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, are a strong signal of the new momentum given to relations between Morocco and Zambia, said foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar.
HM King's Visit to Ghana to Give New Impetus to Moroccan-Ghanaian Ties (FM)
The official visit of HM King Mohammed VI to the Republic of Ghana will give new impetus to Moroccan-Ghanaian relations, Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar.