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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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Moroccan Ambassadors Failed to Capitalize on King Mohammed’s Visit to the Sahara

Washington D.C - Images of happy and welcoming locals during King Mohammed VI recent visit to the Saharan city of Laayoune should have been circulated around the world to showcase how Sahrawis feel about the Moroccan monarch. Yet no Moroccan embassy seems to have taken on this task. Moroccan diplomats’ lack of initiative, imagination and loss for words are upsetting and pitiable. Rabat inept aptitude will e ...

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Why Morocco’s Participation in Saudi-Led Coalition in Yemen is Justified

New York- Last March, Moroccans heard in the news that the Moroccan government had decided to participate in the Saudi-led military coalition, whose mission is to fight the Houthi rebels and restore legitimacy in Yemen. As such, Morocco dispatched a number of warplanes to take part in the military campaign. Ever since, in the absence of a full-fledged debate on whether the country really has an interest in ...

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EU Accuses Algeria and Polisario of Embezzling Humanitarian Aid

Rabat - In 2007, Europe Anti Fraud Office (OLAF) conducted a report that found that humanitarian relief directed to refugees in the Tindouf camps has been purposely diverted for years. The report, based on the results of a survey conducted in 2003, has been “forgotten" for seven years. European Budget Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva explained on Thursday that request to release the report was rejected in ...

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UNSG Expresses Appreciation for Morocco’s Valuable Support of UN Activities

United Nations - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed his appreciation for Morocco’s valuable support of the activities of the United Nations, UNSG spokesperson said. "The Secretary-General spoke with His Majesty King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Thursday, January 22", the Spokesperson said in a statement, adding that he has expressed his appreciation for Morocco’s "valuable support of the activities ...

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King Mohammed VI Receives Phone Call From UN Secretary General

Rabat - King Mohammed VI received, on Thursday, a phone call from UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said a statement by the Royal Office. During the phone conversation, Ban Ki Moon thanked the King for Morocco's active role and constructive commitment in support of the UN agenda whether concerning peacekeeping, human development promotion or the fight against extremism and radicalization, said the statement ...

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Western Sahara: Egypt Reaffirms Attachment to Morocco’s Territorial Integrity

Rabat  - Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri reaffirmed Egypt's attachment to Morocco's territorial integrity and its support for the autonomy initiative submitted by the Kingdom to put an end to the Western Sahara conflict. Concerning the Western Sahara issue, the Egyptian Foreign Minister reaffirmed Egypt's attachment to Morocco's territorial unity and to a UN-brokered solution for this issue, as well ...

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Club World Cup: Moroccans Sing About Moroccaness of Sahara During Algeria Match

Marrakech- Thousands of Moroccans attended the quarter-final match between the Algerian team Wifaq Stif and New Zealand’s Auckland City at Club World Cup 2014 in Rabat on Saturday. During the match, the crowd sang Moroccan national songs from the stands. Moroccan spectators sang famous Moroccan national songs, including “Niadae Alhassan” and “A’yun Einiya,” as well as the Moroccan national anthem during the ...

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Samir Bennis’ Lecture About ‘Western Sahara’ in New Jersey

New York - In a lecture on Saturday December 6 in New Jersey, MWN co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, Samir Bennis shed light on the questions of the so-called Western Sahara. At the outset of his lecture, Mr. Bennis stated that the three elements that support Morocco’s legitimate claims over the Sahara. In this regard, he said that Morocco’s position is based on three factors: 1-  The historical ties of sovere ...

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Algeria’s Losing Strategy: Provoking Morocco

By Majid Morceli San Francisco - According to the latest issue of le Monde, the current oil price crises highlights the Algerian economy’s failure to diversify its exports, perpetually trapped in an oil windfall. The dip in oil prices could hit the country’s petroleum revenues hard, which have always allowed the Algerian regime to ensure social unrest. During the Arab Spring in Algiers in 2011, the regime g ...

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Algeria: Is it the End of Oil Bonanza?

By Majid Morceli San Francisco- An estimate from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Algeria needs to sell its oil at $113/barrel in order to balance its budget. Right now, oil is trading at around $66/barrel, and some analysts are predicting, given the right conditions, it could tumble to as low as $60/barrel. This is a disaster for Algeria. Oil and gas export earnings make up more than 97% of ...

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Western Sahara: GCC Countries, Jordan Support Morocco’s Autonomy Plan

Rabat - The states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Jordan reiterated Tuesday in Doha, their support for the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco to resolve the conflict of the ‘Western Sahara.’ In a communique released at the end of the 4th Ministerial meeting of the GCC, Jordan and Morocco, the foreign ministers of these countries reiterated their "support for the serious and credible autonom ...

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