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Morocco’s King outlines guidelines for enhancing Cen-Sad role

King Mohammed VI has outlined the guidelines that are likely to enhance the role of the Cen-Sad grouping as a preferred interlocutor for the resolution of the crises plaguing the Sahel-Sahara region, through a coordinated approach with the other Regional Economic Communities, the African Union, the United Nations, the European Union and other stakeholders. In […]

Morocco’s prison administration transfers Rif detainees closer to their families

Morocco’s prison administration said that inmates who were convicted on charges relating to Rif protests will be moved to jails north of the country for humanitarian reasons. The decision was taken after an appeals court in Rabat confirmed the prison sentences against the activists of the Hirak who were convicted of threatening public order among […]

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Jewish-Muslim cohabitation, the Moroccan Exception in the Arab World – NYT

Morocco boasts a rich history of Jewish-Muslim cohabitation, and in the past several years, the kingdom has taken significant steps to strengthen it, while King Mohammed VI is carrying out a wide-ranging effort to revive his country’s Jewish heritage, in gestures of openness to remind Moroccan citizens, and the world, that the country’s Jewish history […]

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Pope Francis Pays Historic Visit to Morocco

Pope Francis paid Saturday and Sunday a historic visit to Morocco that he concluded with the celebration of a papal Mass at the Prince Moulay Abdellah sporting complex in Rabat. The Mass, which was aired worldwide, was attended by nearly 10,000 members of Morocco’s Catholic community. In his homily, the spiritual leader of the Catholic […]

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Pope Francis says he is coming to Morocco as “a pilgrim of peace and fraternity”

On the eve of his visit to Morocco this Saturday and Sunday at the invitation of King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, Pope Francis addressed a video message of greetings to the Moroccan people. In his message, the Pope, who expressed his thanks to King Mohammed VI for his gracious invitation, said he was […]

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Moroccan Diplomat Appointed AU Special Representative in Sudan

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, announced on Friday the appointment of Moroccan diplomat Mohamed Belaich as the new Special Representative of the African Union in Sudan. An AU statement also said Angolan ambassador Matias Bertino Matondo was appointed as the new Special Representative and Head of Office for the African […]

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Washington Approves Sale of 25 F-16 Fighter Jets to Morocco

The United States has approved the sale to Morocco of twenty-five new F-16C/D Block 72 aircraft and related equipment for an estimated cost of $3.7 billion, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement. The Agency said the North African country also proposed to buy equipment to upgrade its existing 23 F-16 fighter jets […]

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Washington lauds Rabat for repatriating eight citizens held in war-torn Syria

The US State Department Sunday welcomed Morocco’s move to repatriate eight Moroccan citizens held in Syria by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-Backed Kurdish-Arab Alliance. “Repatriating foreign terrorists to their countries of origin is the best solution to prevent them from returning to the battlefield,” said Robert Palladino, State Department deputy spokesman in a […]

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Qatar Airways expands operations with Doha-Rabat route

Qatar’s national flagship carrier has announced the launch late May of a new route to Morocco, connecting Doha to Rabat, in addition to already existing operations in Casablanca and Marrakech Qatar Airways made the announcement at world’s largest tourism gathering, ITB, in Berlin on Wednesday as it unveiled seven new destinations. Scheduled to start on […]

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Morocco-South Africa: Pretoria validates Morocco’s first ambassador since 2014

South Africa has accepted the accreditation of Moroccan veteran diplomat Youssef El Amrani as the kingdom’s first envoy since 2014, the year the North African country recalled its ambassador to protest against Pretoria’s recognition of the pseudo- Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.   The Moroccan foreign ministry has received South Africa’s acceptance of El Amrani’s appointment, […]

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