Tagged: Rabat

‘Morocco rejects its comparison with any other country that doesn’t respect human rights,’ Middle East Online (London), 14 May 2014

Morocco’s official government spokesman has denied Amnesty International’s recent accusations of torture in the kingdom, stating that a previous UN report proved that torture is not practiced and actually praised the country for its commitment to protecting and advancing a culture of human rights. Continue reading

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‘Toufiq: Muslims who do not fight illiteracy do not have a sense of religion,’ Al-Hadate (Morocco), 13 May 2014

Ahmed Toufiq, Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, highlighted the need for Muslims to fight illiteracy as a part of their religious duty. The comments were made by the Moroccan minister during his speech on the issue of extremism. Continue reading

‘King Mohammed VI speaks to Emir of Qatar by telephone,’ Hespress (Morocco), 5 May 2014

King Mohammed VI of Morocco and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad of Qatar spoke on the phone Sunday night. The two discussed bilateral relations between their countries, as well as the latest developments in the region. Continue reading

‘Morocco expecting significant decline in grain harvest,’ Al-Jazeera (Qatar), 24 April 2014

Low levels of rainfall is causing the Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture to prepare for a significant decline in this year’s grain harvest, which could hurt growth prospects for the kingdom. Rising global cereal prices, and alterations to EU conditions on imports have hurt Morocco’s economy. Continue reading

‘Morocco and Libya sign cooperation agreement on maritime transportation and ports,’ Maroc.ma (Morocco), 24 April 2014

Morocco and Libya signed a maritime transportation and ports cooperation agreement on Thursday in Rabat with the intention of strengthening cooperation and coordination between the two North African countries. Both sides expect the agreement to lead to others in the future, and hope that it can serve as a model of regional integration among Arab states. Continue reading

‘Violent confrontations in Laayoune and Morocco considers UN report biased towards Polisario,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 16 April 2014

Protesters and security forces clashed in the Western Saharan capital of Laayoune following peaceful protests by supporters of the Polisario Front who were calling for self-determination and the expansion of the UN mission in the disputed territory. This comes at a time when Morocco has been moving towards  oil extraction in the Atlantic off the coast of Western Sahara, and the UN seems to be moving to monitor human rights abuses through MINURSO. Continue reading

‘Moroccan official calls for reconsideration of policies related to the Western Sahara conflict,’ Al-Quds Al-Arabi (London), 8 April 2014

Nabil Benabdallah, Secretary General of the Party of Progress and Socialism (Morocco’s former communist party) and Minister of Housing and Urbanism, has called for a reexamination of the kingdom’s policies regarding the Western Sahara issue. Benabdallah sees the conflict in its current state as divisive and hopes to see a national consensus in order to better benefit Morocco and Moroccans while maintaining territorial integrity. Continue reading

‘Moroccan king launches development projects in Côte d’Ivoire,’ Elaph (London), 3 March 2014

Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 8.25.50 PMMoroccan King Mohammed VI visited Côte d’Ivoire for one week in which welcomed back the Ivorian president from his medical visit to France to undergo surgery,  launched a number of development projects, signed numerous cooperation and partnership agreement, and even had a stretch of highway named after him. Continue reading

‘Cooperation between Gabon and Morocco: Towards establishing an “exceptional partnership” as a model for South-South cooperation,’ Akhbarona (Morocco), 6 March 2014

King Mohammed VI arrived in Libreville, Gabon today on the last leg of his tour of West Africa. The Moroccan king met with Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba in a confirmation of the fruitful bilateral relations of their two countries. Gabon is Morocco’s leading trade partner in the region. Continue reading

‘How did the late King Hassan II oppose Ayatollah Khomeini’s revolution?,’ Hespress (Morocco), 13 February 2014

On the 35th anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Moroccan newspaper Hespress, looks back at how the late King Hassan II dealt with the regional threat posed by an Islamic revolution in the region, as well as providing a brief history of the political context of the revolution. Continue reading