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European People’s Party Reiterates Support to Morocco’s Territorial Integrity

Rabat - The president of the European People's Party (EPP), Joseph Daul, reiterated here on Monday the support of his party to Morocco concerning the Kingdom’s territorial integrity and human rights. Daul, who commended the stability of Morocco, said that the Kingdom is a strategic and distinguished partner in the region, the House of Advisors (Higher house) said in a statement following talks between EPP’s ...

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Turkish Investors Interested in Investing in the Sahara

Rabat - The Sahara has started to gain direct support from Morocco’s allies in form of economic investments in the region. While the Court of the European Union annulled the EU agriculture agreement with Morocco on the grounds that it should not apply to the so-called Western Sahara, Saudi Arabia and Turkey are exploring the potentials southern Morocco provides for their direct investments. After only two m ...

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Why Morocco is Disappointed With the US Position on Western Sahara

New York - Moroccan authorities have voiced their disappointment with the position the United States has adopted regarding the Western Sahara. In a communique made public following the adoption of Resolution 2285, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said: "The Kingdom of Morocco regrets that the member of the Security Council that is responsible for the drafting and presentation of the ...

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Moroccan Autonomy Proposal, Very Good Formula to Settle Sahara Issue: Hungarian Minister

Rabat - The autonomy plan for the southern provinces presented by Morocco is "a very good formula" to settle the dispute over the Sahara issue, Hungarian Minister of Justice, Laszlo Trocsanyi, said. "We believe that the autonomy plan proposed by Morocco is a very good formula to end this longstanding issue, and we hope that the United Nations will also support this initiative", the Hungarian Minister said i ...

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Moroccan Businesswoman Refuses Award Depicting Morocco Without Sahara

Rabat - Moroccan businesswoman Zoulikha Ghallab refused to receive a medal awarded to her by Arab Women Investors Union, during the Joint Arab Cooperation Conference, held from April 29 to May 2 at the Egyptian tourist resort Sharm el-Sheikh. According to the Moroccan Arabic newspaper, Akher Saa, the Moroccan businesswoman refused the medal because it featured a map of Morocco without the Sahara. The same s ...

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Western Sahara: How Morocco Secured a Resolution Fitting Its Agenda

New York - The Security Council adopted on Friday its annual resolution by which it extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission of the Organization of a Referendum in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, until April 2017. Although the text of the resolution this year was largely similar to that of previous resolutions, this year’s resolution was devoid of the monotonous pattern of repetitions that h ...

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King Mohammed VI: We Will Turn Sahara Into a Hub for Trade Between Africa and Europe

Marrakech  - “We are keen to turn the Moroccan Sahara into a hub for trade and human interaction between Africa and Europe,” King Mohammed VI said in a message to the participants in the 1st African Congress on maintenance, preservation of road assets and technical innovation, which kicked off on Wednesday in Rabat. “We will also build the Great Atlantic Port in Dakhla and consider a railway line from Tangi ...

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Egypt for Settlement of Western Sahara under UNSC Resolutions

Cairo - Egypt's Foreign minister Sameh Chokri underlined, on Tuesday, that his country, which closely follows the Sahara issue, remains attached to a settlement of this conflict pursuant to international law and UNSC resolutions. Speaking at a meeting with a delegation of Moroccan media professionals on a visit to Egypt, Chokri recalled his country's recent position at the Security Council and its support f ...

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U.N. to Negotiate With Morocco Size of MINURSO’s Civilian Staff

Rabat - The United Nations will carry out discussions with the Moroccan government to determine the size of the peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara to allow its return to Laayoune and Dakhla in the coming months, according to an official spokesperson.  Security Council resolution 2285, passed last week, called for the return of MINURSO to its offices in the Sahara in order to ensure the mission’s “fu ...

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Senegal Welcomes Renewal of MINURSO Mandate, Lauds Moroccan Autonomy Plan

Dakar - Senegal has welcomed the resolution adopted by the UN Security Council which renews the mandate of the MINURSO, adding that Morocco’s autonomy plan is a “serious and realistic” initiative towards the settlement of this artificial conflict. Senegal's ambassador to the UN Fode Seck said, in a statement, the UN resolution “maintains hope for the continuation of the political process, which is the only ...

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Western Sahara: We Must Make Saharaouis Stakeholders

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - The latest UN resolution has vividly shown who are Morocco’s friends and enemies, as well as who is interested in keeping the conflict alive for eternity. Moroccan observers have been stunned by the Russians’ decision to vote for the UN resolution, assuming that the latest visit by the Moroccan king to Russia assured Russian backing on the North African kingdom’s sacred caus ...

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Morocco Praises France, Spain for Contribution to MINURSO Resolution

Rabat - Omar Hilale, Morocco’s permanent representative to the United Nations, thanked Spain, France and other allies on Friday for their contributions in helping the kingdom pass a resolution dictating the objectives for the U.N.-affiliated peacekeeping mission in the Western Sahara, known as MINURSO, for the next year.  In contrast, Hilale expressed his regrets that the United States, the country tasked w ...

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