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    August 15, 2018

    Western Sahara : Will Morocco accept having direct negotiations with the Polisario ?

    Morocco refuses to have direct talks with the Polisario's representatives. But regardless of the Kingdom's strict position, the personal envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Western Saharan Horst Köhler is planning to invite, in the upcoming weeks, the parties involved in"...

    August 15, 2018

    Polisario Willing to Negotiate with Morocco, Algeria Not Interested

    Following Kohler’s call to resume negotiations on Western Sahara, Polisario confirmed its readiness to engage with Morocco while Algeria is silent. The Polisario Front “reaffirms its readiness to fully engage into negotiations with Morocco, in accordance with the UN Security Council’s resolution 2414,” said Abdelkader Taleb Omar, ambassador of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Republic to Algeria on Sunday, August 12. Horst Kohler, the UN secretary-general’s personal envoy for Western Sahara, gave the UN Security Council a briefing on the situation in Western Sahara on Wednesday, August 8. At the briefing, Kohler called......

    August 15, 2018

    Nearly 1.5 Million Pilgrims Arrive in Mecca for 2018 Hajj

    This year, 1,486,958 foreign pilgrims landed in Saudi Arabia for the 2018 Hajj pilgrimage, which begins August 20 and ends August 24.

    The Hajj begins the eighth day of the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah, which"...

    August 14, 2018

    Morocco Has Already Received 127 American M1A1 Abrams Tanks

    At least 127 American M1A1 Abrams tanks have arrived in Morocco, part of a US-Morocco procurement contract for 200 tanks. “Satellite images show that Morocco already has at least 127 of the almost two hundred Abrams M1A1 tanks that the United States has authorized to sell to the North African country,” the Spanish outlet Infodefensa reported on August 9. The satellites photographed tanks in the Central Establishment and Management of Material Storage (ECGCM) in Nouaceur, a town 20 kilometers south of Casablanca. One picture showed up to 65 of the tanks all together, the Spanish outlet added. Commenting on the tanks’ arrival,......

    August 14, 2018

    Morocco stocks lower at close of trade; Moroccan All Shares down 0.72%

    Morocco stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Banking, Construction & Building Materials and Mining sectors led shares lower. At the close in Casablanca, the Moroccan All Shares fell 0.72%. The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were SMI (CS:SMI), which rose 5.67% or 98 points to trade at 1825 at the close. Meanwhile, Stroc Industrie (CS:STR) added 4.95% or 1.32 points to end at 27.99 and Eqdom (CS:EQDM) was up 4.11% or 43 points to 1090 in late trade. The worst performers of the session......

    August 14, 2018

    Morocco: Let the Government Govern

    King Mohammed VI latest throne speech continues to make waves on Moroccan social media. The reaction to the much-anticipated address was a chance for Moroccans to voice their feelings toward the current government, their grievances and complaints about the state of their nation, and their hopes for a better future. Just like in past speeches, King Mohammed VI was direct, frank and precise in his assessments of the current political, social and economic challenges facing the Kingdom. The Monarch has “invited the Government and all relevant actors to undertake a comprehensive and deep restructuring of national support and social protection......

    August 14, 2018

    Morocco relocates hundreds of migrants eyeing Europe

    Moroccan authorities have internally relocated hundreds of migrants seeking to illegally reach Europe in recent weeks, a local official and rights groups said on Sunday. The migrants have been relocated from Morocco's north to the country's southern part, for fear that they will"...

    August 14, 2018

    Ministry of Health Denounces Violence Against Health Professionals

    Three members of a patient’s family have attacked hospital staff at Mohammed V Hospital in El Jadida, vandalizing medical equipment. The latest in frequent and prevalent attacks on health professionals occurred in the coastal town of El Jadida, 100 kilometers southwest of Casablanca, on Thursday night. The family members were visiting a 16-year-old girl who had been admitted to the emergency department unconscious, according to a statement made by the emergency department. After examining the patient and determining she was stable,......

    August 14, 2018

    Spain, Germany Call for ‘United Front’ on Migrants, Will Support Morocco

    Spain and Germany agreed Saturday to push for an integrated EU policy on migration and boost funding for “border” countries.

    Meeting August 11 in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia, Germany’s"...

    August 14, 2018

    Ministry of Islamic Affairs: Morocco to Celebrate Eid Al Adha August 22

    The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has confirmed that Morocco will celebrate Eid Al Adha on Wednesday, August 22.

    The astronomer and researcher Abdelaziz Khabrouch Al Ifrani’s Eid Al Adha predictions"...

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