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Moroccan Habib El Malki New AIPU President

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:54

Speaker of the house of representatives (lower house) Habib El Malki was appointed as new president of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU), on Tuesday in Rabat, during the closing session of the Union 24th conference.

This appointment was announced following the two-day meeting to replace Nabih Berri, speaker of the Lebanese parliament, whose mandate has ended.

In a speech on the occasion, El Malki thanked all Arab MPs attending the event for their trust and spirit of consultation.

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Govt. Formation: National Interest Commends HM the King's Decision to End Impasse

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:51

US magazine "National Interest" lauded, on Tuesday, the decision of HM King Mohammed VI to put an end to the electoral impasse in Morocco.

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Morocco's Central Bank Maintains Interest Rate at 2.25 pc

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:49

Morocco's central bank held its benchmark interest rate at 2.25 percent forecasting inflation would remain subdued.

   “Considering inflation forecast as well as recent trends and medium-term projections of macroeconomic conditions, the Board has determined that the current level of the key rate continues to ensure appropriate monetary conditions, and decided to keep it unchanged at 2.25 percent”, the central bank governor, Abdellatif Jouahri, said at a press conference following the board's quarterly meeting.

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Official Underlines Need For Green, Inclusive Transportation System

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:38

Acting minister of equipment, transportation and logistics Mohamed Boussaid underlined, on Tuesday in Rabat, the need to adopt a broader vision in line with the general goals of the transportation policy aimed at helping with the emergence of economically and socially more efficient transportation systems that are more economical energy-wise and environment-friendly.

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HM King Abdullah II of Jordan to Start on Wednesday Official Visit to Morocco

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:19

HM King Abdullah II of Jordan will pay an official visit to Morocco on March 22-24 at the invitation of HM King Mohammed VI, the ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced on Monday in a statement

On this occasion HM the King will hold official talks with His illustrious guest.

The Sovereign will also offer an official dinner at the Royal Palace in Rabat, in honor of HM King Abdullah II, and the delegation accompanying him.

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Spain ‘Hasn’t Changed Its Position’ on Sahara Issue

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:17

Spain "has not changed its position" on the Sahara issue and reiterates its "full willingness" to continue its efforts to contribute to developing the strategic relations between Morocco and the European Union, Spokesperson of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Ana Rodriguez, said.

   In a statement to MAP on Monday, Ambassador Ricardo Díez-Hochleitner of the Kingdom of Spain in Morocco highlighted the spokesperson’s statement about "the importance of Spanish-Moroccan relations" following information published on the Madrid position on the Sahara issue.

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'Mohammed VI Tangiers Tech City' to Create 100K Direct Jobs

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:16

The “Mohammed VI Tangiers Tech City” project will create about 100,000 direct jobs, President of the Chinese industrial group Haite, Li Biao, said on Monday in Tangier.

   This economically integrated city will include several types of industries, including aerospace, automotive and agri-food, in addition to a residential area for employees, Biao told press on the sidelines of the presentation ceremony before HM King Mohammed VI of this project, carried out by the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region, the Haite Group and BMCE-Bank.

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Bourita Received in Bamako by Malian President

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:13

Minister delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, was received Monday in Bamako by Malian President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita.

During this meeting, which took place on high royal instructions, Bourita handed to the Malian Head of State a message from HM King Mohammed VI.

The audience was attended notably by Morocco's ambassador to Mali, Hassan Naciri, and Malian minister for Foreign Affairs, African Integration and International Cooperation, Abdoulaye Diop.

MAP 20 March 2017

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Morocco's request to join ECOWAS: FM Hands over Message of HM the King to President of Niger

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:00

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, was received on Monday in Niamey by the President of the Republic of Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou.

On this occasion, Mezouar handed over to the Nigerien President a message from HM the King on Morocco's request to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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24th Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference Kicks off in Rabat

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:55

The 24th Conference of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU) kicked off on Monday in Rabat.

Held under the theme “consolidation of Arab joint action”, the two-day meeting will be marked by the election of a new president of the AIPU and the discussion of the Union's working plan for 2017.

The participants will also discuss the current situation of the Arab world as well as the challenges facing Arab countries.

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Morocco’s FM Received by Senegalese President

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:22

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Salaheddine Mezouar was received, here Saturday, by Senegalese President Macky Sall within the framework of a tour dedicated to Morocco’s request to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

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Mezouar Holds Bureau Meeting in Rabat in preparation for May Sessions in Bonn

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:21

COP22 President and Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar chaired, here Friday, a meeting of the COP22/CMP12/CMA1 Bureau to review the outcomes of COP22 and to exchange on expectations for COP23, which will organized by Fiji.

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Consultations for the formation of the new government will include all the parties represented in the Parliament: El Othmani

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:19

Morocco's new appointed Head of Government, Saad Eddine El Othmani, said on Sunday that he will begin consultations with all the political parties represented in the parliament for the formation of the new government.

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Crans Montana Forum Kicks Off in Dakhla

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 13:58

The Crans Montana Forum kicked off Friday in Dakhla under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, with the participation of more than 150 countries represented by high-level personalities.

The opening ceremony of this forum, which has been convened for the third time in a row in Dakhla, was marked by a message addressed by HM King Mohammed VI to the participants. It was read out by president of the Dakhla-Oued Eddahab region, Ynja Khattat.

MAP 17 March 2017

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President of Central African Republic Thanks HM the King for Morocco’s Commitment Alongside His Country

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:02

President of the Central African Republic (CAR) Faustin-Archange Touadera expressed, Thursday at the UN headquarters in New York, his thanks to HM King Mohammed VI for Morocco's commitment alongside his country.

"We seize the opportunity to thank the Kingdom of Morocco and HM the King for the commitment of Morocco by our side," Touadera told MAP after a meeting of the Security Council on the situation in the CAR.

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Azziman Granted Audience in Dakar by Senegalese President

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 11:01

HM King Mohammed VI's advisor and chairman of the higher council for education, training and scientific research Omar Azziman was granted an audience, on Thursday in Diamniadio (near Dakar) by Senegal's president Macky Sall, on the sidelines of the official opening of the triennial of the Association for education Development in Africa (ADEA).

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Foreign minister Calls in Casablanca for Ambitious, Pragmatic Africa

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:59

Foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar called on Thursday in Casablanca for pooling efforts to promote cooperation between African countries and build an ambitious and pragmatic Africa.

Africa can not develop without a common economic zone and a real vision for south-south cooperation which will reinforce ties between African countries, Mezouar told the press on the sidelines of the 5th International Forum on Development in Africa which kicked off in Casablanca.

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PJD SG Members ‘Positively Interacted’ with Statement of Royal Cabinet

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 10:57

Members of the General Secretariat of the Justice and Development Party (PJD) "interacted positively" with the statement of the Royal Cabinet, the party's Secretary General, Abdelilah Benkirane, said Thursday.

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The 5th International Africa Development Forum - Casablanca 2017

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:50

5th International Africa Development Forum Kicks Off in Casablanca

The 5th edition of the International Africa Development Forum kicked off on Thursday in Casablanca.

The opening ceremony was chaired by President of Burkina Faso, Roch Marc Christian Kaboré.

Held by Attijariwafa bank Group under the theme "New Inclusive Growth Models in Africa," the two-day event is attended by nearly 1,500 operators from 25 countries in the continent and partner states.

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Gdim Izik Trial is ‘Fair’ (US Observer)

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 13:25

US lawyer and observer Thomas Wolf has underlined that the Gdim Izik trial is "fair".

"I am here as an observer from the United States. From what I have seen, it is a fair trial", the US lawyer stressed.

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.

Several human rights associations, NGOs and independent national and international organizations are observing the trial.

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