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Morocco Reiterates its 'Constant and Clear' Position Regarding Polisario’s Presence in the Buffer Zone

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 19:15

Morocco reiterates its "constant and clear" position regarding any action of the polisario separatist front in the buffer zone, said, Thursday in Rabat, minister delegate for Relations with Parliament and civil society, government spokesman, Mustapha El Khalfi. 

"The position vis-à-vis any presence or action of the separatist front is a constant, clear and definitive position, which was expressed by HM King Mohammed VI in a letter to the United Nations last March," El Khalfi stressed at a press briefing after the weekly Cabinet meeting.

Morocco, Angola Discuss in Rabat Means to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 19:11

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita held, Thursday in Rabat, talks with his Angolan counterpart, Manuel Domingos Augusto, on means to strengthen relations between Morocco and Angola.


HM King Mohammed VI Names Moroccan High-Speed Train 'AL BORAQ'

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 18:59

HM King Mohammed VI gave the symbolic name of "AL BORAQ" to the Moroccan project of the high-speed rail line linking Tangier to Casablanca, says Thursday the National Railways Office (ONCF). 

AL BORAQ, name of the fantastic winged mount, evokes speed and travel. Easily memorable, it reflects the meaning and culturally strong values carried by an ambitious and large-scale project that bolsters national pride, stresses the ONCF in a statement.

CORCAS Head Holds Talks with Delegation from PARLACEN on Sahara Issue

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 19:25

Chairman of the Royal Advisory Council for Saharan Affairs (CORCAS) Khalihenna Ould Errachid held, Wednesday in Rabat, talks with a delegation from the Central American Parliament (PARLACEN), led by Navarro Anselmo, chairman of the Committee on External Relations and Migration within this institution.

During the meeting, which tackled the Sahara issue and its latest developments, Ould Errachid outlined Morocco's efforts to settle this artificial conflict, says CORCAS.

Muslim World League SG Praises Morocco's 'Active' Role in Fighting Extremism

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 19:23

Secretary General of the Muslim World League, Sheikh Mohamed Ibn Abdelkarim Al-Issa, praised, on Wednesday in Rabat, Morocco’s "active" role, under the leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, in the fight against all forms of extremism, notably through supporting the action of Ulema.

Al-Issa, who held talks with head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani, also highlighted the "valuable" contribution of Moroccan Ulema in enriching the Islamic scientific scene, says a statement by the head of government’s department.

Morocco, Niger Sign MoU to Promote Cooperation in Environmental Governance

Thu, 12/07/2018 - 18:59

Morocco and Niger signed, on Wednesday in Rabat, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at strengthening cooperation and coordination in the areas of environmental governance, liquid sanitation and waste management.

Signed by secretary of State for Sustainable Development, Nezha El Ouafi, and Niger's minister of Environment, Urban Environmental Sanitation and Sustainable Development, Almoustapha Garba, the memorandum also addresses climate change and nationally determined contributions, biodiversity as well as environmental and sustainable development education.

Morocco Keen to Enhance Cooperation with UNCTAD, Official

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 23:02

Morocco is keen to step up cooperation with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), State Secretary for Foreign Trade, Rakiya Eddarhem, said Monday in Geneva.

This came in a meeting with the UNCTAD's Secretary-General, Mukhisa Kituyi, on the sidelines of the 3rd Session of the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Consumer Protection Law and Policy held on July 9-10 in Geneva, the State Secretariat for Foreign Trade said in a release.

South-African Think-tank Lauds Morocco's 'Humanist and Responsible' Migration Strategy

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 23:01

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) praised Morocco's migration policy, noting that this strategy is "comprehensive, humanist and responsible."

In 2013, Morocco introduced a new migration strategy that authorities said was ‘more comprehensive, humanist and responsible’, the Pretoria-based think-tank said in a new report.

In 2014 and 2016, some 50,000 migrants were allowed to legalise their presence in the country with a one-year residence permit, which was extended to three years in 2017, it added.

Morocco, China Discuss Means to Promote Cooperation in Various Fields of Culture and Arts

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:30

President of the National Foundation of Morocco's Museums Mehdi Qotbi held, Thursday in the Chinese capital, talks with director of Beijing’s Capital Museum, Han Zhanming, on means to promote cooperation between the two institutions in various fields of culture and arts.

Wilaya of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima Region Denies Information on Death of 45 Sub-Saharan Migrants off Larache

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:22

The services of the Wilaya of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region denied, on Monday, erroneous information according to which 45 individuals from sub-Saharan Africa died Sunday off Larache (north).

The same source added that a migrant boat, carrying 33 passengers, capsized off Larache and all persons on board were rescued.

OSCE PA President Expresses Wish to Develop Partnership with Morocco

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:19

President of the Parliamentary Assembly (PA) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), George Tsereteli, underlined the Assembly's willingness to develop relations of partnership with Morocco, noting that the Kingdom is a "model to follow" in the Mediterranean region.

Energy: Marita Group Holding and Triton Solar USA Announce Partnership to Develop African Markets

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 19:17

Morocco's Marita Group Holding has announced it has signed an agreement with Triton Solar USA to form a partnership to sell, develop and operate a pipeline of Nanotechnology next-generation lithium-ion batteries for the African market, US information website Newswire reports.

Marita Group will provide Engineering, Procurement and Sales, Construction ("EPC") and Operations and Maintenance ("O&M") services to the projects, the source added.

The two parties have also signed an MOU to form a partnership for the introduction of cancer detection test kits to Africa.

Turkish President Praises Cooperation Relations with Morocco

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 23:16

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed pride in cooperation relations between his country and Morocco, stressing his determination to strengthen them further.

Erdogan received on Monday at the presidential palace in Ankara speaker of the House of Representatives, Habib El Malki, who represented HM King Mohammed VI at the inauguration ceremony of the Turkish president.

Morocco, China Discuss Means to Promote Partnership

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 23:15

Head of government Saâd Eddine El Othmani held, Monday in Rabat, talks with head of the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee You Quan, on means to promote bilateral partnership.

Beijing: Morocco Takes Part in 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 19:16

  Morocco will take part in the 8th ministerial meeting of the China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, which will open on Tuesday in Beijing.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Nasser Bourita, will chair the Moroccan delegation to this meeting, to be attended notably by the secretary general of the Arab League, in the presence of Chinese president, Xi Jinping, who will give a speech on this occasion.

The Forum, initiated in 2004, is a high-level platform for dialogue and cooperation between China and the Arab World.

Tourism Observatory :Tourist Arrivals in Morocco Up 9% in May

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 19:08

A total of 4.1 million tourists visited Morocco between January and May 2018, up 9% compared to the same period a year earlier, the Tourism Observatory said.

The number of foreign tourists increased by 15%, while the arrivals of Moroccans living abroad fell by 1%, the Observatory added in its statistics for the month of May 2018.

The increase was recorded in the main tourist markets, in particular Italy (+ 16%), Germany (+ 12%), France (+ 8%), the Netherlands (+ 8%), the United Kingdom (+ 7%) and Spain (+ 4%), the source noted.

Lower House Speaker Represents HM the King at President Erdogan's Inauguration Ceremony

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 19:05

Speaker of the House of Representatives (Morocco's lower house), Habib El Malki, represented on Monday in Ankara HM King Mohammed VI at the inauguration ceremony of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by 22 heads of state and 28 prime ministers and parliament speakers from different countries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in under the country’s new presidential system.

HM King Mohammed VI sent a congratulatory message to Recep Tayyip Erdogan on his re-election as President of the Republic of Turkey.

Turkish Parliament Speaker Lauds Relations between his Country and Morocco

Tue, 10/07/2018 - 19:03

Speaker of Turkey's Grand National Assembly (parliament), Ismail Kahraman, lauded on Monday the relations between his country and Morocco.

Kahraman, who held talks with speaker of Morocco's House of Representatives (lower house), Habib El Malki, said that "the participation of HM King Mohammed VI's representative at the inauguration ceremony of the Turkish President reflects the depth and the quality of relations between the two countries," the Lower House said in a release.