Air Expo Strengthens U.S. And Moroccan Relations

DVID’S
Story by Tech. Sgt. Brian Kimball

Morocco

The roar of aircraft engines, the coagulation of peoples voices through the crowd and the sound of an announcer over a loud speaker filled the air during this year’s Marrakech Air Show in Marrakech, Morocco on April 27 – 30.

Air shows and expos bring together everyone from aircraft enthusiast, aeronautical developers, to the common spectator. No matter what the reason, visitors can be assured of one thing and that is it will be a memorable event. (more…)

Host Numerous Cultural Events In May

ANSAmed

Morocco

Concerts, meetings and performances up and down the country.

From Fes to the Valley of Roses, from Essaouira to Rabat and Tan Tan, Morocco will turn into one big stage for the month of May with concerts, meetings and performances up and down the country. First up is the Festival Musiques Sacrées du Monde in Fes from May 6-14, a musical event that animates the imperial city by creating a synergy between art and spirituality each year. (more…)

IS Cell In Morocco Planned Attack In Brussels

The Stateman
IANS

Morocco

Three IS suspects arrested on Friday in the northeastern city of Nador were planning to attack sensitive sites not only in northern Morocco, but also in Brussels, Xinhua cited Le360 news website as saying.

According to an intelligence services source, the suspects coordinated with an IS fighter, who received training in Iraq, to carry out the attack in Brussels.

The Moroccan Interior Ministry announced on Friday the arrest of the three IS suspects in the northeastern city of Nador. (more…)

Polisario Front Foreign Minister ‘Snubbed’ By Top EU Officials

Middle East Eye
Simon Hooper

Morocco

Western Saharan separatists’ foreign minister fails to secure meeting with foreign affairs chief amid dispute over ‘illegal’ EU deal with Morocco.

Senior European Union officials in Brussels have been accused of snubbing a diplomatic delegation from the Western Sahara’s Polisario Front and of being complicit in Moroccan policies that are pushing the disputed region back towards war. (more…)

Fairmont To Expand Its Luxury Portfolio With New Hotels In Morocco & Saudi Arabia

Yahoo Finances

Morocco

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, a luxury operator with more than 70 hotels globally, today announced at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), the signing of two new luxury hotel developments in Morocco and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The two new projects include Fairmont Taghazout Bay, Morocco and Fairmont Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia, which are both scheduled to open before 2020. (more…)

U.N. Renews Mission In Western Sahara In Divisive Vote

The New York Times
by Rick Gladstone

Morocco

The United Nations Security Council on Friday renewed its peacekeeping mission in the disputed Western Sahara region for a year with a resolution that placed only mild pressure on Morocco, which in a diplomatic flare-up last month expelled many of the staff members of the mission, crippling its ability to function.

The resolution expressed the “urgent need” for a full restoration of the mission, known by its acronym, Minurso, and called on the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to report in three months whether it had been returned to “full functionality.” (more…)

Morocco Infrastructure Study Opening For Tender

World Highways
First published on www.WorldHighways.com

Morocco

Morocco is planning a new infrastructure programme. The country’s Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Logistics is introducing a new tender scheme for a study that will be used to establish the national road infrastructure scheme (Snir) by 2035.

A previous bid was launched for this study into the country’s road infrastructure programme was launched in November 2014 but proved unsuccessful. The aim of this study will be to establish the operational strategy for road infrastructure in the medium- and long-term. (more…)

Losing Morocco

American Entreprise Institute
Michael Rubin@mrubin1971

Morocco

Perhaps no state in the Middle East has such a long history of friendship with the United States as Morocco. Sure, the United States has had tight ties with Israel, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, but the US-Moroccan relationship predates these by more than 150 years.

Throughout the Cold War, Morocco stood firmly in the pro-Western camp, never so much as even flirting with the Soviet Union as Egypt did, let alone joining its camp as Algeria and Libya had. Since the end of the Cold War, Morocco has taken a no-nonsense (more…)

In Morocco, An Extraordinary Library Gets Ready To Open Itself To The World

The National UAE
The Associated Press

Morocco

The settling dust from renovations and the banging of tools are not the ideal sights and sounds for a library, but this is no ordinary library.

Founded 12 centuries ago by a pioneering woman and nestled in the old medina of Fez, Morocco’s University of Al Qarawiyyin library is one of the world’s oldest repositories of historic writing, home to Islamic manuscripts treasured by historians. Yet it has been largely hidden from the public. (more…)

Morocco Can Be India’s Window To Africa, EU, North America

Business Standard India
IANS | New Delhi

Idia

Morocco, which has free trade agreements with countries in North America and Europe, can be a window for Indian businesses to market in these regions, according to a Moroccan business delegation currently on a visit to India.

“Morocco has free trade agreements with Europe and is a member of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),” said Jawad Kerdoudi, president of the Moroccan Institute for International Relations (IMRI), at an interaction at the Observer Research Foundation here. (more…)

Moving AFRICOM To Morocco Would Show Our Recommitment To Stabilizing The Region

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Stand Strong With Africa
By James S. Robbins | Contributor
(SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Morocco

The security situation in North Africa is growing increasingly dire, with destabilized countries and growing terrorist groups. Meanwhile, the U.S. combatant command for the region has been stuck in Germany for eight years. It is time to make another attempt to find a host country in Africa, and Morocco may be the place.

U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, is “responsible for all U.S. Department of Defense operations, exercises and security cooperation on the African continent, its island (more…)

Morocco To Keep 30 Pct Soft Wheat Customs Duty Through 2016

Yahoo Finances
By Aziz El Yaakoubi

Morocco

Morocco will retain its 30 percent customs duty on imported soft wheat until the end of the year to ensure adequate supplies for the domestic market, the agriculture minister said on Wednesday.

Morocco harvested a record 11 million tonnes of the grain after good rains last year, but this year’s crop is expected to fall sharply after the worst weather in a decade.

Drought had pushed millers and wheat importers in Morocco to ask the government to extend an import window and allow an earlier start to next season’s imports. (more…)

U.S. Proposes Restoring U.N. Western Sahara’s Mission’s Functionality

Reuters/Zohra Bensemra
By Louis Charbonneau

Morocco

The United States on Wednesday proposed that the U.N. Security Council demand a restoration of the full capability of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in disputed Western Sahara that has been crippled by Morocco’s expulsion of civilian staff.

The 15-nation council is scheduled to vote on Friday on extending the mission’s mandate, which expires on Saturday. The United States has drafted a resolution calling (more…)

The Agony Of The Arab Spring

Wall Street Journal
By Bartle Bull
Photo: wsj

Morocco

Of the five countries where citizens rose up in 2011, only Tunisia is relatively stable and free. It also produces the most Islamic State recruits.

In early 2011, two young Syrian women named Aliaa and Noura whiled away spring mornings strolling to university or lying on Aliaa’s bed talking about suitors. Dark-haired Aliaa was the daughter of an Alawite military officer; blond Noura was the daughter of a well-known Sunni doctor.

They lived in Jableh, an ancient Phoenician port where the Sunni center of town, with its cafes and Mediterranean promenade, is surrounded by green hills of Alawite and Christian villages. Aliaa and Noura were the best of friends. (more…)

EU Wheat Prices Ease Slightly As Chicago Futures Weaken

Reuters

European wheat futures were marginally lower on Wednesday with the market underpinned partly by news that Morocco would keep its import taxes unchanged.

Weaker prices in Chicago, however, helped to keep the market on the defensive.

May milling wheat on Paris-based Euronext settled a marginal 0.25 euros or 0.1 percent lower at 151.25 euros. (more…)

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