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EU announces €125 million funding for Sahel region

The EU has announced new funding totaling €125 million for the Sahel countries. The fresh injection of €125 million will be used for the swift launch of new initiatives, which are in line with the priorities set by the G5 Sahel to enhance development and security. The measures will focus on boosting the resilience and […]

Stakeholders to Sahara issue to hold second roundtable early 2019

The stakeholders to the Sahara issue, namely Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario have decided to hold a second roundtable on this regional conflict during the first quarter of 2019. The decision was made at the initial round table on the Sahara issue held in Geneva December 5-6, at the invitation of the UN Secretary […]

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AU leaders (finally) agree on reforms to reduce dependence on donors

African leaders on Sunday agreed on measures compelling member states to pay their dues to reinforce the union’s financial autonomy from its donors and development partners. The 11th extraordinary summit of the AU, held over the weekend in Addis Ababa, aimed at advancing the institutional reform of the union. The meeting was seen as a […]

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US to revoke Mauritania’s AGOA benefits; Nouakchott denounces the move as “betrayal”

The United States will end Mauritania’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the start of next year, the US trade representative’s office said. Nouakchott denounced the move as a “betrayal”. Washington accuses the West African nation of tolerating forced labor and hereditary slavery. The country’s slow moving process of abolishing […]

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Promising prospects awaiting Moroccan-Mauritanian ties, FM

Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita said in Mauritanian capital Nouakchott last week that the two countries have a common willingness to foster their bilateral ties, a statement that comes after years of uncertainty. Bourita who handed a Message from King Mohammed VI to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, told the press that he discussed […]

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Security Council Renews mandate of UN mission in Sahara

The UN Security Council approved the renewal of the UN Mission in the Sahara MINURSO for another six months ahead of the Geneva round table. The resolution 2440, adopted by a vote of 12 in favor to none against, with 3 abstentions (Bolivia, Ethiopia, Russian Federation), welcomed the decision by the UNSG personal envoy for […]

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Morocco, Mauritania Resolved to Give New Momentum to their Cooperation

Morocco and Mauritania have both lauded the strong relationship existing between the two countries, while expressing their shared resolve to give a new momentum to their cooperation. This came during the talks held this Friday in Rabat between head of the Moroccan Government Saad Eddine el Othmani and visiting Foreign Minister Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed. […]

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Mauritania: Delay in announcement of election results irritates opposition

Even though UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has hailed the peaceful conduct of the elections in Mauritania last Saturday, calling on the various parties to continue to show responsibility awaiting the results, the delay in the proclamation of the results of the vote was strongly denounced by the Democratic Opposition Election Alliance (AEOD), which said the […]

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Mauritania-Elections: opposition claims breakthrough in major cities

In Mauritania, the provisional results of the legislative, regional and local elections held last weekend were to be published on Tuesday by the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI). Yet, the first indications show the results are favorable to the ruling party, the Union for the Republic (UPR), followed by the Islamist opposition party Tewassoul. The […]

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Mali: German peacekeepers clean explosive devices from the “road of death”

German peacekeepers from MINUSMA, the United Nations Mission in Mali have embarked on a mission to patrol the “road of death”, searching for clues of explosive devices. Located in the southwest of Gao, in the middle of the savannah, the road is one of the most dangerous in the war-stricken northern region of the West […]

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