EU To Uphold Morocco Farm Accord Despite Western Sahara Ruling

by Robin Emmott


The European Union promised on Tuesday to maintain a farm deal with Morocco, seeking to reassure Rabat that the accord was not endangered by an EU court ruling that the country’s trade accords do not apply to the disputed Western Sahara region.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini made their pledge to Morocco’s Deputy Foreign (more…)

Qatar Petroleum Seeks International Projects In Cyprus, Morocco: CEO

by Tom Finn and Rania El Gamal


State-owned energy giant Qatar Petroleum (QP) is exploring oil and gas in Morocco and Cyprus as it aims to expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets abroad while trimming costs at home, chief executive Saad al-Kaabi said on Monday.

“You will see us going internationally with some of the partners we have in Qatar, this year and next year… We are in growth mode,” Kaabi told reporters at the company’s headquarters in Doha. (more…)

Morocco’s Official Jobless Rate Falls To 9.4 Percent



Growth in service and construction industries lowered Morocco’s official unemployment rate to 9.4 percent last year from 9.7 percent in 2015, the country’s planning agency said on Monday.

Services and construction created 38,000 and 36,000 jobs respectively, according to Monday’s report. Manufacturing created 8,000 jobs. (more…)

Morocco Threatens To Cut EU Ties If Farm Deal Flounders

by Aziz El Yaakoubi


Morocco’s government said on Monday it would end economic cooperation with the European Union if the bloc does not honour a farming deal, weeks after an EU court ruled that trade accords do not apply to the disputed Western Sahara region.

In a statement to MAP state news agency, the agriculture ministry said the EU should resist any attempts to block Moroccan products entering into the European (more…)

Morocco Will Never Recognise W Sahara: Deputy FM

Al Jazeera


Nasser Bourita says Rabat will never change stance that Western Sahara is an integral part of its territory.

Last Monday, AU members at a summit in Ethiopia decided to allow Morocco back into the group [EPA].

Morocco will “never recognise” Western Sahara’s independence despite (more…)

The Consequences Of Morocco’s Readmission

Terence McNamee, Greg Mills and J Peter Pham
Features, Opinion & Analysis


The continued denial of “self-determination” for the Sahrawis is a central argument of the 15-member states who voted against Morocco’s readmission to the African Union.

If Morocco eventually gets its way, “defeat into victory” — a phrase popularised by famed Word War ll Field Marshal William Slim — might prove an apt description of its new approach towards the African Union (AU). (more…)

Will The Next Arab Revolt Be In Algeria?

National Review
Benjamin Weinthal


Religion, economics, and demographics are a potentially explosive mix.

A remarkable series of barely noticed counter terrorism operations, labor strikes, and social protests in Algeria in January showed that the North African country may be facing a year of upheaval. Six years after leaders in the fellow North African states of Tunisia and Egypt were ousted, simmering instability in (more…)

What The US Stands To Lose By Alienating Morocco

Al Monitor


US President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with King Mohammed VI of Morocco in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 22, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/Jason Reed)

With a new administration in the White House, Morocco’s need for foreign political and economic support could lead it to turn away from its long and (more…)

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