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Morocco’s New Ambassador to Washington: Tough Challenges and New Opportunities

Washington D.C - Morocco’s new ambassador, Lalla Joumala Alaoui, lands in Washington at a critical time for the Moroccan diplomacy, especially in light of Rabat’s recent setbacks in Brussels and the U.S. Administration's lack of clear support to Morocco's position on the “Western Sahara.” Since Morocco’s new chief diplomat in Washington happens to also be a Princess and a cousin of Morocco’s current King Mo ...

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King Mohammed VI Inaugurates New Fish Market in Dakhla

Dakhla -  King Mohammed VI inaugurated on Monday a new fish market in Dakhla. The MAD 26-million-dirham market, part of the implementation of the national Halieutis strategy which provides for organizing the traditional and coastal fishing industry in Morocco, is in line with the development momentum in the southern city of Dakhla. Built on an area of 3,070 square meters, the new market includes a refrigera ...

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Nizar Baraka Explains the Sahara’s Development Model at Brookings Institution

By Zainab Calcuttawala Rabat - Nizar Baraka, former Minister of Economy and President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council explained last Wednesday in Washington the efforts that the Moroccan government has exerted in recent years to promote the economic development of the Sahara. Rabat - The constitution adopted by Morocco as a result of the 2011 Arab Spring puts citizens “at the heart of all ...

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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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King Mohammed VI Launches Construction Works of Fertilizer Production Plant in Laayoune

Laayoune - King Mohammed VI launched, Friday at the Phosboucraâ site in the urban municipality of Al-Marsa (southern province of Laayoune), the construction works of the integrated industrial complex of fertilizer production. Covering the whole value chain of phosphate, this mega-project, which will eventually generate nearly 1,270 jobs, provides for building of an 8.3-billion-dirham platform of fertilizer ...

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King Mohammed VI Arrives in Laayoune to Launch Socio-economic Projects

Rabat - King Mohammed VI of Morocco arrived on Thursday evening in Laayoune, the main city of the Sahara (refereed to in western Media as Western Sahara) in southern Morocco. The king flew to Laayoune immediately after he inaugurated the first plant of the Ouarzazate solar complex (Noor I), and the official launch of the construction works of the second and third plant of this megaproject (Noor II and Noor ...

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MEP Calls for Stronger EU Commitment to Hold Population Census in Tindouf Camps

Brussels - Socialist MEP Gilles Pargneaux on Wednesday called for "stronger commitments" from the European Union to hold a population census in Tindouf camps, southwestern Algeria. In a statement to MAP, he praised the call of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, for a population census in Tindouf camps, deeming this census as a "key to solve the Sahara dispute ...

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European Parliament Rejects Expansion of MINURSO’s Mandate in Western Sahara

New York - The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution that is in favor of Morocco with regards to the situation of human rights in the North African country. The resolution, which will be submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, refrains from expressing any concerns on the situation of human rights in Morocco, including in the Western Sahara. Adopted by 335 votes in favo ...

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EU Chief Diplomat in Favor of Census in Tindouf Camps

Strasbourg - EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said on Thursday in Strasbourg that she in favor of a census of Tindouf camps populations. In a reply to a MEP's question about the need of such a census, alluding to the embezzlement of EU humanitarian aid by the Polisario, Mogherini noted that there "had indeed been problems." "There has to be a census" of Tin ...

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Sarkozy: France Has Always Supported Moroccan Sovereignty over Sahara

Abu Dhabi - Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has rejected the idea of creating a new State in the Sahara, noting that "France has always supported the Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara." "France has always supported the Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara. My first visit to Laayoune is not new, but it dates back to 1991 and it would be difficult to convince me of the need for a Sahrawi republic i ...

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Moroccan Politician: Sweden’s Decision “Comforts” Morocco, Repairs Broken Ties

New York - Following the official announcement made by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Friday that Sweden has no intention to recognize “Western Sahara” as a State, Moroccans all over the world have found “comfort” in the Scandinavian country’s position. “The government does not intend to recognize the Western Sahara and its position is consistent with the assessment of previous governments in ...

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Western Sahara: Morocco Hails Sweden’s Decision on the Self-Proclaimed SADR

Rabat – Moroccan authorities have been quick to react to the decision of the Swedish government no to recognize the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic. “The decision by Sweden not to recognize the pseudo "SADR" is "in accordance with international law and consistent with the political process conducted within the framework of the United Nations" said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooper ...

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