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Five Deaths due to H1N1 flu in Morocco, Minister of Health

Fri, 01/02/2019 - 20:25

Five deaths from the H1N1 flu have been reported in public and private facilities, Health Minister Anas Doukkali said on Thursday, underlining that the deaths concern mainly vulnerable people.

In a statement to MAP, Doukkali said that the H1N1 flu is the dominant subtype this year, like all countries in the world, reassuring that the Ministry of Health is still maintaining the epidemiological watch.

MAP 31 January 2019

Security Council Holds Consultations on Moroccan Sahara Issue in Presence of UNSG Personal Envoy

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 20:39

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday held consultations in New York on the issue of the Moroccan Sahara, in the presence of the UNSG Personal Envoy for the Sahara Horst Köhler, who briefed the Council members on his latest efforts to relaunch talks.

Köhler told the Council’s members that he intends to hold a new round table next March similar to the one held in Geneva last December, which would be preceded by bilateral meetings with the parties, ambassadors of the Security Council’s member countries told reporters at the end of the closed consultations.

Sahara: Council of Socialist International Adopts Recommendation in Support of Negotiated Political Solution

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 20:37

The Council of the Socialist International (SI), convened on Jan. 28-29 in the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo, adopted a recommendation in support of the search for a negotiated political solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue.

Morocco, Guinea Determined to Broaden Cooperation

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 20:33

Morocco and the Republic of Guinea are determined to broaden their cooperation and build more bridges between the two countries in the different areas, said a statement from the department of the head of government.

The meeting, on Tuesday in Rabat, between head of government Saad Dine El Otamni and speaker of the National Assembly of Guinea Claude Kory Kondiano, who is on a working visit to Morocco, was an the occasion to underline the quality of the long-standing relations of friendship and the excellent level of political coordination, said the same source.

HM the King Congratulates King Felipe VI of Spain on his Birthday

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 01:20

HM King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to HM King Felipe VI of Spain on the occasion of his birthday.
In this message, the Sovereign expresses his warmest congratulations and best wishes for good health and happiness to the Spanish monarch.

On this occasion, HM the King lauds the strong ties of friendship and mutual esteem between the two Heads of State and the two Royal families as well as the distinguished relations between the two countries, which are rooted in friendly understanding, fruitful cooperation and active solidarity.

MAP 30 January 2019

Sahara Issue: Colombian Congress Reaffirms its Support to Morocco's Autonomy Plan

Thu, 31/01/2019 - 01:19

The Colombian Congress reaffirmed its position in favor of a "political, fair and lasting" solution to the Sahara issue on the basis of the Moroccan autonomy plan, while condemning the "inhumane practices" inflicted on the populations sequestrated in the Tindouf camps.

FM/Guaido Meeting: Venezuela Intends to Reconsider its Recognition of SADR, Advisor

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 20:47

Venezuela intends to "reconsider its recognition of the SADR under the government of interim President Juan Guaido," said, on Tuesday in Caracas, Manuel Avendano, foreign affairs advisor at the Venezuelan National Assembly (Parliament), the only opposition-controlled body.

"Venezuela will reconsider its recognition of the Saharawi Republic under the government of Guaido," Avendano said in a statement to MAP, noting that the SADR recognition is more related to the Left ideologies, like those of Nicolas Maduro's regime.

Foreign Minister Meets with Juan Guaido, Speaker of Venezuela's National Assembly

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 20:42

Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita held a phone conversation, on Tuesday, with Juan Guaido, President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, at the request of the latter, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

On the occasion of this phone call, Bourita informed his interlocutor that the Kingdom of Morocco is closely following the developments taking place in Venezuela, the ministry said in a statement.

Venezuela: Guaido's Government Will Work to Restore Diplomatic Relations with Morocco

Wed, 30/01/2019 - 00:06

The Venezuelan government, led by interim President Juan Guaido, will work to restore diplomatic relations with Morocco, which were suspended under the regime of Nicolas Maduro, said Monday in Caracas Manuel Avendano, Foreign Affairs Consultant to the Venezuelan National Assembly (Parliament), the only body controlled by the opposition.

Al Boraq HSR, Mega Project Placing Morocco On Fast Track to Progress, Business Insider

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 20:32

High Speed Rail "Al Boraq", inaugurated by HM King Mohammed VI and French president Emmanuel Macron, last November, is another mega project that places Morocco on the fast track to progress, wrote US business website "Business Insider".

"It's important to remember that the bullet train is far from the only big-ticket infrastructure project the Moroccan government has invested in. Over the past decade, the country has developed numerous ports and a $600 million solar plant considered the biggest in the world," said the US website.

Morocco's Net International Reserves Down 4.7%

Tue, 29/01/2019 - 20:30

Morocco's net international reserves amounted to 229 billion dirhams until January 18, 2019, recording a 4.7% year-on-year decrease, Morocco's central bank (Bank Al-Maghrib) said.

During the week of January 17-23, Bank Al-Maghrib injected 70.5 billion dirhams.

As for the interbank rate, it has reached 2.27%, the source added in a press release.

During the same period, the Dirham appreciated by 0.15% against the Euro and depreciated by 0.15% against the Dollar.

MAP 28 January 2019

Russian FM : Sahara Issue Requires Consensual Solution Pursuant to UNSC Resolutions

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 20:15

The Sahara conflict requires a consensual solution in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and with the involvement of all parties concerned, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday in Rabat.

Speaking at a joint press briefing with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita Lavrov stressed that this long-running conflict requires a rapid consensual solution based on Security Council resolutions exclusively and with the involvement of all parties concerned.

"We share the same vision of our Moroccan friends" in this regard, said Lavrov.

Macky Sall: Special Relations were Forged Between Morocco and Senegal

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 20:10

Senegalese president Macky Sall said, on Saturday in Dakar, that special relations were forged between Morocco and Senegal and that they have continued growing stronger.

Head of Government Receives Advisor, Turkish Presidential Spokesperson

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 20:07

Head of government Saad Dine El Otmani held talks, on Friday in Rabat, with advisor, Turkish Presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin.

The Turkish official, on a visit to Morocco, was received earlier by Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.

During this meeting, Kalin handed Bourita a message from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to HM King Mohammed VI.

MAP 26 January 2019

Statement by Royal Office

Mon, 28/01/2019 - 20:06

Here follows a statement by the royal office:

HM King Mohammed VI granted an audience, on Jan. 25, 2019, to the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Serguei Lavrov, who is on an official visit to Morocco, as part of strengthening relations between the Kingdom of Morocco and the Russian Federation.

Morocco Informs UNSG and Security Council of Adoption by European Parliament of Morocco-EU Agriculture Agreement

Sat, 26/01/2019 - 00:30

 Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, sent on Thursday letters to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, and to the members of the Security Council, to inform them that "the European Parliament adopted, on January 16, 2019, in Strasbourg, the Exchange of Letters on the Agriculture Agreement between Morocco and the European Union (EU), by an overwhelming majority of 444 votes in favor, 167 votes against and 68 abstentions".

Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King at Inauguration Ceremony of DR Congo President

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 20:27

Speaker of the House of Representatives (lower house) Habib El Malki represented, Thursday in Kinshasa, HM King Mohammed VI at the inauguration ceremony of the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi.

During this ceremony, which was attended by several African heads of state and government, the speaker of the House of Representatives conveyed to the Congolese President the congratulations of HM the King and his best wishes of full success in taking office.

El Malki was accompanied, on this occasion, by Moroccan ambassador in  Kinshasa Rachid Agassim.

Moroccan Sahara: EU's Decision Not to Recognize SADR Fosters Relevance of Morocco's Stances, Official

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 20:26

The European Union has clearly reaffirmed that it does not recognize the fake SADR, thus fostering the relevance and the validity of the Kingdom's stances on the Moroccan Sahara issue, said, on Thursday in Rabat, Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament and civil society, government spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi.

Geneva Meeting Enshrines Morocco and UN Frame of Reference to Settle Moroccan Sahara Issue

Fri, 25/01/2019 - 20:22

The last meeting in Geneva on the Moroccan Sahara issue has enshrined the frame of reference of Morocco and the United Nations for the settling of this issue, minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, said.