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Spain decorates DGST officials in recognition of Morocco’s role in world’s peace, security

Madrid - Spain awarded, on Wednesday, decorations to officials from the General Directorate for Territory Surveillance (DGST) in recognition of Morocco's role in world's peace and security.  During a ceremony in Madrid, Spanish Security state secretary Francisco Martinez Vasquez handed the "Honorary Cross of Police Merit with Red Distinction," one of the top honorary medals granted to foreigners, to Directo ...

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Moroccan-Dutch social security agreement, Moroccans’ acquired rights are red line: Minister

Rabat  - The acquired rights of Moroccan citizens concerned by the 1972 Moroccan-Dutch agreement on social security are a "red line", minister delegate for Moroccans Abroad and Migration Affairs Anis Birou said. "The issue of Moroccans abroad is a defining factor of Morocco’s policies in its relations with third countries", the minister made it clear. Birou, who was answering a question in the House of Repr ...

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Morocco is a ‘Model’ of Development, Stability in MENA Region: President of Spanish Senate

Madrid  - The president of the Spanish Senate Pio Garcia-Escudero welcomed the various reforms engaged in Morocco under the leadership of King Mohammed VI. Escudero, who met Tuesday at the Senate's headquarters with Morocco’s ambassador to Spain, Mohammed Fadel Benyaich, stressed that the kingdom is a "model" of development and stability in a region in turmoil. On this occasion, the Moroccan diplomat congra ...

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Spain Strives to Release Sahrawi-born Spanish Woman in Tindouf: Spanish FM

Madrid  - Spanish foreign minister José Manuel García-Margallo said "daily measures" are being taken to ensure the release of the Spanish young woman of Sahrawi descent Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf held in captivity by the Polisario since last summer in the Tindouf camps in southwestern Algeria. The embassy and the consulate of Spain in Algiers "are taking daily measures" in order to end Mahjouba’s detention, ...

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WHO praises Morocco’s decision to maintain flights to Ebola-hit African countries

Tunis  -  The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Margaret Chan praised Morocco's decision to maintain flights from and to the worst-hit west African countries by the Ebola epidemic. Chan, who was speaking at the 61st session of the WHO’s regional committee for the eastern Mediterranean in Tunis (Oct .19-22), said Africa is going through difficult times due to the Ebola outbreak, the eme ...

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Catalonia: Demo Thursday in solidarity with Sahrawi-born Spanish Woman Detained in Tindouf

Barcelona - The Moroccan-Spanish platform for supporting the Spanish young woman of Sahrawi descent Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf will organize Thursday in Tarragona (100 km south of Barcelona) a new sit-in to protest against her detention since last summer by the Polisario in the Tindouf camps in Algeria. This new sit-in is part of a series of demonstrations scheduled by Moroccan and Spanish NGOs across Spain ...

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Morocco’s city Dakhla to Host Crans Montana Forum on Africa in March 2015

Geneva  - The prestigious Crans Montana Forum has chosen the Moroccan city of Dakhla as the host of its 9th annual session on March 4-6, 2015 under the theme "Africa and South-South Cooperation South". The Forum "has chosen the city of Dakhla for its 2015 annual session", a special meeting intended to be "an opportunity to promote peace and dialogue", Jean-Paul Carteron, president of the Forum told MAP. Dak ...

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68 kg of cannabis resin seized at Bab Sebta border crossing point

Tetouan  - Some 68 kg of cannabis resin (chira) have been seized at the border crossing point of Bab Sebta, customs sources said. A routine police and customs inspection on Monday morning at the border crossing point of Bab Sebta led to the discovery and seizure of 68 kg of chira which were carefully hidden in the seats’ cushions of a car registered in Morocco, the same source added. The driver, a Moroccan ...

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Saudi ambassador to Morocco denies granting scholarships to Polisario students

Rabat  - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Morocco Abderrahmane Mohamed El-Jadii denied allegations reported by certain electronic media outlets suggesting the embassy granted scholarships to students from the Polisario front. KSA ambassador "has denied reports suggesting granting scholarships to students from the Polisario front", a statement of the embassy said.  Some electronic media outlets r ...

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Adoptive family of woman detained in Tindouf fears for her life

Madrid - The adoptive family of Mahjouba Mohamed Hamdidaf, a young Spanish woman of Sahrawi descent held in captivity since last summer in the Tindouf camps (in Algeria) by the Polisario, said they fear for her after she received death threats in case she attempts to escape, as voices in Spain and elsewhere are raising to call for her immediate and unconditional release. "Mahjouba is held against her will. ...

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Morocco: 6 dead, 10 injured in 2 road accidents

Meknes -  Six people have died and ten others were injured, two seriously, in two road accidents Sunday in Meknes, local authorities said. The first accident took place at around 5:30 p.m. at the commune of Ain Karma near Meknes after a truck, transporting horses and several people, overturned killing four of them and wounding ten others, including two seriously. A 30-year old woman and her 18-month baby we ...

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Moroccan Minister Refuses to Sign Official Document Written in French

Rabat - Mustafa Ramid, Minister of Justice and Liberties, refused to sign a protocol of cooperation between a number of ministerial sectors because it is written in French, according to Alyoum24. The same source said that once Ramid received a copy of the protocol, he refused to sign it arguing that the use French in official documents is "not constitutional." The minister demanded that the protocol be writ ...

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