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What Impact of Morocco-China Strategic Partnership on Western Sahara?

New York - Following his visit to Russia in March, King Mohammed VI visited China on May 11 and 12, his second visit to the country, his first having been in 2012.  During the visit, he and Xi Jinping, China’s head of state, signed a strategic partnership between the two countries, and chaired the signing of 15 agreements and memoranda of understanding aimed at strengthening their economic partnership and t ...

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Morocco-GCC Countries: A Genuine Strategic Alliance

New York - King Mohammed VI traveled to Saudi Arabia to participate in the first Morocco-GCC summit on Wednesday. Ever since Morocco’s independence over six decades ago, the Moroccan royal family has striven to build privileged personal relations with its Gulf counterparts. Over the years, the bonds of brotherhood built between Morocco and the six Gulf monarchies have born their fruit and immunized the mona ...

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Does Ban Ki-moon’s Report Herald a Shift in UN’s Approach on Western Sahara

New York - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has submitted the advanced copy of his annual report on the “Situation Concerning the Western Sahara” to the Security Council. The 25-page report, which is expected to be officially released later this week, has been eagerly anticipated as it comes against the backdrop of an unprecedented friction between the UN chief and Morocco following the former’s ...

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Why Morocco Should Balance its Relations with All Members of the Security Council

New York - In a move to calm the tension between the Secretariat of the United Nations and Morocco, following Ban Ki-Moon’s biased statements during his visit to the Tindouf camps in Algeria in early March, the official spokesperson of the UN said on Monday, March 28, that the UN chief “regrets the misunderstanding” that his statements have caused. The statement by the spokesperson has been received with sa ...

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Ban Ki-moon Loses First Personal Battle Against Morocco

New York - Ban Ki-moon is not enjoying one of his best times as United Nations Secretary-General. The month of March has only brought him strife, irritation, dissatisfaction and further tensions. Ban Ki-moon has revealed his anger and disappointment twice in less than five days. During a tense meeting with Morocco’s foreign minister, Salaheddine Mezouar on Monday, Ban Ki-moon expressed anger at the Moroccan ...

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Is the Obama Administration Abandoning its Arab Allies?

New York - Since U.S. President Barack Obama came to office in January 2009, the world has witnessed a number of geopolitical changes, especially in the Middle East and North Africa region. For more than six decades, most countries of this region have looked toward Washington in times of crisis and have sought military assistance from the superpower to ward off destabilizing threats. While such strategic pa ...

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Morocco Should Avoid Confrontation With the UN, Use Diplomacy to Its Advantage

New York - The biased and undiplomatic statements United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, made last weekend with regards to the Western Sahara conflict have caused controversy in Morocco and resulted in an unprecedented mobilization of the Moroccan people. When Ban Ki-moon brought up the question of a referendum for the territory, in total disregard of the political framework set out by Security Coun ...

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Time for Morocco to Create an Inclusive Quartet to Manage Western Sahara Dossier

Washington - Once again, Morocco’s diplomatic flaws are in full display for the world to see. Rabat’s lack of a strategy to counter and diffuse the potential political windfall from the United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon visit to Algeria is staggering and confounding. The Polisario leaders have been pushing Mr. Ban Ki-moon to visit their camps for years hoping to score a diplomatic and public relations coup. ...

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How Ban Ki-moon Missed a Golden Opportunity to Solve the Western Sahara Issue

New York - United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has begun a tour of the Maghreb region with the intention to breathe new life into the stalled political process to achieve a resolution to the Western Sahara conflict. The tour, which will not include Morocco, comes nine years after Ban Ki-moon assumed his post as UN Secretary General. The trip also comes nine years after the UN Security Council calle ...

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Reading Between the Lines of King Mohammed VI’s New Ambassador Appointments

New York - For several weeks, Moroccans have been awaiting the changes in ambassadors announced by the Foreign Ministry a couple of months ago. Few Moroccans could have anticipated the significance of the new appointments. For the first time in Morocco’s diplomatic history, King Mohammed VI appointed 78 ambassadors. While some have been appointed for the first time, others were simply transferred from one c ...

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Do CCME Delegation Meetings Benefit the Moroccan Diaspora?

Rabat - The Council of Moroccans Living Abroad, known by its French acronym as CCME received a delegation of ten Moroccan-Americans earlier this week in Rabat. The goal of this three-day visit was "to give effect in Morocco to the meeting of [CCME in] Washington DC of last October," reads a statement by CCME. While CCME's intention to engage members of the so-called Moroccan diaspora (i.e., Moroccans reside ...

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Independence Day: Moroccans Stand Proud, Together

New York - This Wednesday, November 18, Moroccans celebrate the 59th anniversary of their country’s independence. Almost 60 years ago, our ancestors achieved their dream of seeing their country break free from the yoke of French and Spanish rule. Although Morocco’s independence was not completed at that time, because other territories still needed to be liberated, especially in the north and the south, our ...

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