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Marhaba Operation: Over 27,000 Expats Return to Morocco via Bab Sebta

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:38

A total of 27,722 Moroccan expatriates returned to Morocco via Bab Sebta crossing point since the beginning of the 2017 Marhaba Operation on June 5 and until July 4, a customs source said.

During the same period of last year, 32,482 Moroccan expatriates returned to Morocco via the same crossing point (-14%).

The number of vehicles of Moroccans living abroad that returned to Morocco via this post on June 5-July 4 reached 5,335 (-16%), the source added.

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Moroccan Autonomy Initiative, Credible & Serious Proposal to Find Compromise to Destructive Conflict

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:33

Professor Stephen Tomblin of the University of Newfoundland, St. John's in Canada, said that the Moroccan Autonomy Initiative is a “serious and credible” proposal that aims to “find a new compromise to a destructive conflict that has lasted too long”.

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Morocco, Sub-Saharan Africa Trade Posts Average Annual Growth of 9.1% in 2008-2016 (Exchange Office)

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 15:38

Morocco's trade with Sub-Saharan Africa has grown at an average annual rate of 9.1% over the period 2008-2016, according to the Moroccan Office of Exchange.

Sub-Saharan Africa is made up of four main regions: namely West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa.

These commercial exchanges resulted in a trade balance surplus of 11.9 billion dirhams in 2016 instead of 1.3 billion dirhams in 2008, noted the Office in a study on "Morocco, Sub-Saharan Africa trade for the period 2008-2016."

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Morocco, Luxembourg Agree to Strengthen Cooperation Between Both Legislative Institutions

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 15:33

Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki and president of Luxembourg's Parliament, Mars Di Bartolomeo, have agreed to consolidate the cooperation between the two legislative institutions.

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Morocco, Pakistan Launch Group of Troop and Police Contributors in the United Nations

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:27

 The ambassador of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, and his counterpart from Pakistan, ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, established, on Friday at the United Nations headquarters in New York, a group of troop and police major contributors to the United Nations peacekeeping operations.

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HM the King’s Vision for Co-development Demonstrates the Sovereign's Firm Commitment to Africa’s Development

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:15

The vision of HM King Mohammed VI for co-development demonstrates the Sovereign's firm commitment to the emergence and development of Africa, Youssef Amrani, Chargé de mission at the Royal Cabinet, said Friday in Casablanca.

Speaking at the opening of the 2nd edition of Morocco Today Forum (MTF), organized by Le Matin Group, Amrani said that the Forum offers the opportunity to put into perspective the logic of the vision of the Sovereign regarding Africa.

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Morocco, a strategic country for Argentina that seeks to enter Africa

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:10

Morocco is an important and strategic country for Argentina which considers it as a gateway to Africa, Argentina's vice-president, Gabriela Michetti, said.

"Argentina views the Kingdom as a strategic and important country in the context of the opening of Buenos Aires to the world," Michetti said in an interview with MAP on the eve of her working visit to Morocco next week.

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Morocco, Niger Discuss Means to Promote Bilateral Relations

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 11:02

Head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, and a delegation of the High Commission for the Modernization of the State of Niger, held , on Friday in Rabat, talks on means to promote bilateral cooperation, particularly in the area of social development.

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29th AU Summit: Morocco ‘Very Satisfied’ With Debate & Decisions Taken in Addis Ababa (FM)

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:15

Morocco is “very satisfied with the debate and the decisions that have been taken” on the Moroccan Sahara issue at the 29th African Union Summit, which wrapped up Tuesday in Addis Ababa, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said, stressing that the resolution adopted “is an evolution” because it “recognizes the leadership of the United Nations”.

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Morocco, Only African Country to Receive Over 10 Million Tourists in 2015 (UNCTAD)

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:15

Morocco was the only African country to receive more than 10 million international tourists in 2015, according to the 2017 report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on the tourism sector in Africa, presented on Wednesday in Addis Ababa.

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Simone Veil was universal in her struggles and her choices: André Azoulay

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:12

Simone Veil, a towering figure in French and European politics who died last Friday at the age of 89, "was universal in her struggles and in her choices", HM the King’s advisor André Azoulay said Wednesday in Paris.

She had a very special relationship with Morocco, he pointed out on the sidelines of a national tribute ceremony held in Paris and attended by HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, adding that Simone Veil and her husband Antoine had started their married life and their professional life in the Kingdom.

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CNDH Chairman Calls for Integrating Foreign Children into Moroccan Education System

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:04

Chairman of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), Driss El Yazami, called, on Tuesday in Rabat, for the integration of foreign children into the Moroccan education system, as a fundamental right which allows them to enjoy the same treatment as Moroccan children.

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Morocco Secures US $25 mln Loan from Clean Technology Fund for Hybrid Solar Project

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 14:00

Morocco received approval for a US $25 million loan from the Climate Investment Funds’ Clean Technology Fund (CIF CTF) for a project to generate solar power through an innovative hybrid Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) solution.

The Midelt Phase I Concentrated Solar Power Project is being supported by the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the World Bank with an additional allocation of US$ 25 million in CTF resources, the AfDB said in a statement.

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Morocco, Germany Discuss Means to Boost Cooperation on Justice

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:43

Minister of Justice, Mohamed Aujjar, held talks on Tuesday in Berlin with German counterpart, Heiko Maas.

Talks focused on the means to strengthen bilateral cooperation on justice by laying the foundations for a comprehensive agreement in this area.

The meeting was also an opportunity to highlight the two countries’ respective experiences in the field of justice.

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Morocco, Under Visionary Leadership of HM the King, Bridge for Washington to Africa, Middle East and Muslim world (U.S Expert)

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:30

Morocco, which is the oldest ally of the United States, is well positioned to be a bridge to the African continent, the Middle East and the Muslim world, under the visionary leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, wrote Van Hipp, chairman of American Defense International, Inc. and author of "The New Terrorism: How to Fight It and Defeat It."

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Morocco, Vietnam Eager to Boost Cooperation

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 13:46

Head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, held talks here on Monday with Phung Quoc Hien, vice-chairman of Vietnam’s National Assembly and member of the central committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party.

This meeting was an opportunity for both sides to highlight the excellence of the secular relations between the two peoples and countries and to discuss the steps that strengthened the bonds of Moroccan-Vietnamese friendship within the framework of the defense of the common values of the two countries, the Head of Government's department said in a statement.

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International Seminar on Moroccan Sahara, Regionalization & Autonomy at UN Headquarters

Tue, 07/04/2017 - 13:44

Morocco’s Permanent Mission organized, Monday at the UN headquarters in New York, an international research seminar on “Regionalization and Territorial Autonomy: Differences, Singularities and complementarities”.

   The seminar was moderated by leading experts, researchers and academics from Canada, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and Vietnam.

   It was attended by some fifty diplomats, including several ambassadors accredited in New York, in addition to media representatives in the United Nations.

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Environment Deterioration Cost Study Shows Positive Impact of Environment Action in Morocco, Official

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:46

The results of a study on the evaluation of cost of environment deterioration testifies to the positive impact of measures taken by Morocco to reinforce environment action, said, on Friday in Rabat, secretary of state for sustainable development Nezha El Ouafi.

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Government to Address Economic and Social Demands of Al Hoceima Population : El Othmani

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:19

The government will seriously address the economic and social demands expressed by the population of Al Hoceima, head of government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, said.

The government has adopted two approaches vis-à-vis Al Hoceima events, including a political approach based on dialogue, El Othmani said in an interview with Moroccan TV channels Al Oula and 2M, which was broadcast on Saturday night.

In this regard, he expressed the Government's willingness to support any civil dialogue initiative.

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Morocco Participation in the 31st Ordinary Session of AU Executive Council - Addis Abeba

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:18

Morocco Engaged in AU Executive Council Meetings with 'Constructive' Spirit : FM

Morocco took part in the meetings of the African Union Executive Council with a "constructive" spirit and a "positive" approach to contribute to the achievement of the African Agenda in terms of peace, stability, security and development, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, told reporters in Addis Abeba on Saturday.

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