Archive for February, 2014

Immigrants force their way into the Spanish enclave of Melilla from Morocco

Euro Weekly News

Melilla, Spain

Melilla, Spain

 

Guardia Civil sources have said that approximately 100 sub-Saharan immigrants have managed to jump the fence complex separating the Spanish exclave of Melilla from Moroccan territory.
This latest attempt has been described by sources as “very violent.” They said about 500 people had attempted to force their way across the border in the early hours of Monday morning. (more…)

Fastnet expect Morocco well to spud

Business World

Irish energy prospector, Fastnet Oil and Gas today said that its partner in the Foum Assaka license area, offshore Morocco, Kosmos Energy, has confirmed that it expects the FA-1 well to spud in March. (more…)

Morocco aims to quadruple farmland leases by 2020

Trade Arabia

Morocco aims to increase fourfold the amount of state-owned land it leases to farmers and investors, to increase production and speed up modernization of Moroccan farming, the director of agricultural development said.

To attract private investors, the kingdom has been leasing farmland for 20 to 50 percent of its market value in long-term contracts of up to 40 years, Mohammed El Guerrouj said.

“We are in the process of making available all the farmland we can,” El Guerrouj told Reuters in an interview at the annual Paris farm show. “It’s then up to the investors to propose farming projects.” (more…)

Morocco summons French envoy in protest

NZHerald.co.nz

RABAT, Morocco (AP) Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced it summoned the French ambassador to protest a case filed in France against the Moroccan intelligence chief for complicity with torture. (more…)

Morocco summons French ambassador over torture allegations

 

RABAT, Feb 22 (KUNA) — The Moroccan Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned France’s ambassador in Rabat Charles Fries to express Morocco’s strong protest following information about a complaint lodged against the Director General of Territory Surveillance (DGST) concerning an alleged torture complicity in Morocco.
The ministry said in a release that it had informed the French ambassador that this serious and unprecedented incident in relations between both countries would underline the atmosphere of mutual confidence and respect.
It also demanded France to present urgent and accurate clarifications on this “unacceptable incident”. (end) adt.mt KUNA 221933 Feb 14NNNN

Morocco transforms counter-terrorism promises into action in Sahel

Middle East Online

US think tank says Morocco acted with vision and boldness regarding its counter-terrorism strategy in Sahel.

Economic and security initiatives

WASHINGTON – Morocco acted with vision and boldness regarding its counter-terrorism strategy in the Sahel, wrote on Friday US think tank Foreign Policy Research Institute.

“The Moroccan king saw a chance to partner with the new French leader and forge a regional alliance to defeat the Islamists in Mali and contain the contagion of radical Islam. This is a major reversal. (more…)

Morocco playing more active role in Mali

Middle East Online

Rabat is consolidating its ties with Bamako through signing of string of bilateral agreements, involvement in stabilizing Mali’s political future.

Middle East Online


By Saad Guerraoui – CASABLANCA, Morocco

The third day of Moroccan King’s official visit to Mali saw the signing of a raft of bilateral agreements, heralding stronger ties between the two African nations.

The ceremony of the signing of 17 agreements of cooperation in various sectors took place Thursday afternoon in Koulouba palace amid the presence of Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and King Mohamed VI. (more…)

Spain denies police role in 15 Africans’ drowning

The Modesto Bee

BY HAROLD HECKLE
Associated Press

Four sub-Saharan migrants climb over a metallic fence that divides Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, as a Red Cross worker is on-hand to offer humanitarian assistance, Monday Feb. 17, 2014. A Spanish official says about 200 sub-Saharan migrants stormed a barbed-wire border fence along Spain’s northwest African enclave of Melilla, with about 50 of them making it over. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry’s office in Melilla said the melee began early Monday. The Spanish city of Melilla lies on the African continent, surrounded by Morocco and the Mediterranean Sea. Migrants hoping to get to Europe camp on the Moroccan side, with several thousand trying each year to enter the city and Spain’s other coastal enclave of Ceuta. JESUS BLASCO DE AVELLANEDA — AP Photo (more…)

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