Yemeni President Pays Surprise Visit To Saudi Monarch In Morocco

Middle East Monitor

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Yemen’s President in exile, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi has paid a surprise visit to the Saudi monarch in Morocco. King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz is in the North African city of Tangier for a private summer break, Arabi 21 reported on Friday.

In what was described as an “emergency meeting” the two leaders discussed several issues related to Yemen and the Saudi-led coalition against Houthi militias. Both parties stressed that the victories achieved by the Yemen national army and the popular resistance, which is supported by the Saudi-led coalition, would not stop before the liberation of the whole country. (more…)

New Round Of Libyan Political Dialogue Kicks Off In Morocco

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A new round of talks between Libya’s warring factions kicked off in the Moroccan city of Skhirat on Thursday, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said in a statement.

The talks are focusing on expediting the dialogue process with a view to finalising the Libyan Political Agreement, including reaching agreement on a Government of National Accord.

The UN- brokered political agreement was initialed in July by the Tubrok-based parliament alongside representatives of political parties, municipalities and civil society groups, whereas the General National Congress (GNC) did not join the accord. (more…)

2 French Journalists Held For ‘Attempted Blackmail Of Morocco King’

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By AFP

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Two French investigative journalists were arrested on Thursday in Paris on suspicion of trying to blackmail the king of Morocco, legal sources in both countries said.

Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet, who are working on a book about King Mohammed VI, were arrested after a meeting with a Moroccan official at which they were given money, a source close to the French investigation told AFP, confirming remarks made by a lawyer for the Moroccan government. (more…)

Journalists Accused Of Trying To Blackmail Moroccan King

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Two French investigative journalists were arrested on Thursday in Paris on suspicion of trying to blackmail the king of Morocco, legal sources in both countries said.

Eric Laurent and Catherine Graciet, who are working on a book about King Mohammed VI, were arrested after a meeting with a Moroccan official at which they were given money, a source close to the French investigation told AFP, confirming remarks made by a lawyer for the Moroccan government.

Experts: Moroccan Economy Grows Despite Regional Unrest

Middle East Monitor

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According to observers, some of the external obstacles include the country’s economic dependence on the European Union which accounts for nearly 60 per cent of its total foreign exchange.

Speaking to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency Moroccan economist Mehdi Lahlou warned that Rabat faces some risks following the decline in tourism revenues and some exports, including textiles and clothing, and a decline in construction which have a significant impacted on the economy. (more…)

Western Sahara: Polisario Anxious About Coming Polls In Morocco

Sahara News
by Ali Haidar

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The Polisario leaders are distressed by the September 4 elections in Morocco, as many Sahrawis are engaged deeply in the ongoing election campaign in the cities and towns of Western Sahara.

The fact that most dismays the Polisario leadership is the unprecedented mobilization of young Sahrawis. Their enthusiasm distresses the Algeria-backed separatist Front, which has been calling these youths to boycott the local elections. (more…)

Dubai-based Firm Acquires 100% Of Morocco’s Silver Food

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Dubai-based firm Talem Africa has acquired 100% of shares in Morocco’s largest canning facility Silver Food, which sells tuna, mackerel and sardines under consumer brands.

Founded in 2004 and based in Casablanca, Morocco, half of its sales are within the Moroccan market, with the other half set for export to other parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States. It sells under the Mario, Silver and Atlanta brands. (more…)

Morocco: 14 Arrested In Joint Antiterrorism Raids

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By The Associated Press

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At least 14 people were arrested Tuesday in Morocco and Spain on suspicion of belonging to a cell that recruited fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the authorities said. Morocco’s Interior Ministry said 13 people had been arrested in raids in several cities across the country, including Nador and Al Hoceima on the Mediterranean coast, and Fez and Casablanca. (more…)

Morocco And Algeria … An Absurd Race

Middle East Monitor
Ali Anouzla

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Moroccan media outlets have been talking about Morocco buying sophisticated weapons including a Russian submarine, Chinese missile launchers and American military helicopters. What is this military arsenal for? Of course, it comes within the framework of Morocco getting armed against surrounding dangers, where the new wars raging in the Middle East have shown that the enemy is not always external, but can appear and grow internally.

Thus, one must be cautious before things get bad, as the Cold War strategy has shown that deterrence is the best defence. (more…)

Morocco To Require Pre-obtained Visas For Syrian, Libyan Citizens

The Cairo Post

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Syrian and Libyan travelers to Morocco will be required to obtain their entry visas in advance, King Mohamed VI said Thursday, citing the rise of militancy in the two states.

On the 62nd anniversary of the “Revolution of the King and the People,” which led the independence of Morocco in 1956, King Mohamed VI said that countering extremism should be achieved through a “participatory approach,” promotion of openness and tolerance, advancement of social and development (more…)

San Leon Energy Spuds El Aaiun-Well Onshore Morocco

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The well is being drilled with Entrepose Drilling's Cabot 750 rig

The well is being drilled with Entrepose Drilling’s Cabot 750 rig

Drilling started today on the El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya conventional licence, onshore Morocco.

San Leon Energy (LON:SLE) announced that drilling started today on the El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya conventional licence, onshore Morocco. (more…)

San Leon Energy PLC Morocco Well Spud

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San Leon Energy, the AIM listed company focused on oil and gas exploration in Europe and North Africa, announces that the El Aaiun-4 well on the Tarfaya conventional licence, onshore Morocco, was spud today.

The well is being drilled with Entrepose Drilling’s Cabot 750 rig and is expected to take approximately 30 days to reach total depth (TD) of around 2000 metres below rotary table. (more…)

Morocco Condemns Israel’s Judaisation Of Jerusalem

Middle East Monitor

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The Moroccan government has condemned what it describes as Israel’s attempts to Judaise Jerusalem and encourage illegal Jewish settlements across the occupied territories.

Speaking to reporters after Wednesday’s cabinet meeting in Rabat, government spokesman and Minister of Communications Mustapha Al-Khalfi said that Morocco regards such attempts as the “fragmentation” of Arab and Islamic identity in the city. (more…)

Morocco’s BCP Takes Control Of BIA-Niger Bank

Reuters
by Aziz El Yaakoubi

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Banque Centrale Populaire (BCP), one of Morocco’s biggest lenders, has taken control of Niger’s Banque Internationale pour l’Afrique (BIA-Niger), an official from the Moroccan bank said on Thursday.

The deal was signed with the Niger’s finance minister as the African country has been the biggest stakeholder in the bank since 2012, when it bought it from Coris International Bank. (more…)

Mass Migration Is No ‘Crisis’

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THINKERS
By Ellie Mae O’Hagan

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I have been interested in the way the migrant crisis is being debated in politics and the media. It is that word — crisis — that is particularly striking. It suggests that what we are seeing across Europe is an aberration, a temporary disaster to be “solved” by politicians. Even the sight of ramshackle tents in Calais suggests a phenomenon that could be cleared away at any given moment. (more…)

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