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China, Morocco’s joint BRI implementation plan injects new energy into Global South cooperation framework (Global Times)

At the beginning of January, Morocco signed an accord with China facilitating the joint implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), making it the first North African country to do so. More nations in Africa are closely examining the new BRI implementation plan, with a view to developing similar plans of their own. Morocco’s […]

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Morocco buys Israeli counter-drone system Skylock Dome (Agnes Helou, Defense News)

The Moroccan military has purchased the Israeli counter-drone system Skylock Dome, according to a Nov. 21 post on the armed forces’ official Facebook page. “Some systems were delivered already, but there is no information about the value of the deal or the number of systems that have been acquired,” Moroccan military expert Abdel Hamid Harfi […]

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Morocco, Israel sign first-ever defence agreement in Rabat (Al Jazeera)

Israel and Morocco have signed a landmark agreement that lays the foundation for security cooperation, intelligence sharing, and future arms sales. The memorandum of understanding between Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz and his Moroccan counterpart Abdellatif Loudiyi was signed on Wednesday in Rabat, as part of the first official visit by an Israeli defence minister […]

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Moroccan Foreign Minister Bourita (US Department of State)

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Blinken emphasized that the longstanding bilateral partnership is rooted in shared interests in regional peace, security, and prosperity.  The Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed a range of regional […]

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Morocco wants to turn page on W Sahara conflict: Foreign minister (Al Jazeera)

Amid heightened tensions with neighbouring Algeria, Morocco’s Foreign Minsiter Nasser Bourita says his country is determined to “turn the page definitively” on the Western Sahara conflict but without giving up its “legitimate rights” over the disputed territory. Speaking to senators in Rabat on Tuesday, Bourita said Morocco is committed to finding a solution to the […]

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Does a secret desert mine hold the key to Morocco’s electric vehicle ambitions? (Sean Mathews, Middle East Eye)

Morocco is hoping to move beyond its established mining sector and develop its electric vehicle industry, as it looks to move up the value chain in car production and spur more job creation. The North African nation has emerged as an automobile manufacturing hub with exports from the industry hitting more than $10bn dollars. In 2018, the […]

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Morocco’s king says Western Sahara status not up for debate (Al Jazeera)

Morocco’s King Mohamed VI has said that Western Sahara is “not negotiable”, as tensions flared with Algeria over the disputed territory. Speaking on Saturday, the 46th anniversary of the Green March by 350,000 Moroccans into Western Sahara in 1975, the king said: “Today as in the past, Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara will never be […]

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Algeria accuses Morocco of fatal attack on three truck drivers (Al Monitor)

Algeria blamed Morocco on Wednesday for a roadside bombing that killed three Algerian truck drivers, an accusation leveled amid mounting tensions between the North African neighbors over disputed Western Sahara. On Monday, “Three Algerian nationals were cowardly murdered after their trucks were barbarically bombarded,” read a statement from the Algerian presidency carried by the Algerian Press Service […]

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Iniziano le consegne degli UAV turchi Bayraktar TB2 al Marocco (Analisi Difesa)

Le forze armate reali marocchine (FAR) hanno apparentemente ricevuto il primo di 13 UAV Bayraktar TB2 ordinato in Turchia con un contratto firmato ad aprile e consegne iniziate in settembre mentre già in luglio i militari di Rabat si addestravano in Turchia all’impiego dei droni. Iniziano le consegne degli UAV turchi Bayraktar TB2 al Marocco – Analisi […]

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Morocco flirts with Ethiopia amid stalled Nile dam talks (Khalid Hassan, Al Monitor)

Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita is pictured during a press briefing in Rabat on Aug. 11, 2021. – FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images Speaking at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York Sept. 25, Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita announced that Morocco and Ethiopia had created a Coalition for Sustainable Energy Access. He said the cooperative project is part […]

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Morocco and Israel to sign kamikaze drone deal (Agnes Helou, Defense News)

Morocco has previously ordered the Israeli-made Hermes 900 drone, shown here in Brazil on Aug. 5, 2021. (Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty Images) Morocco and Israel are expected to sign a deal that would see the two countries co-produce kamikaze drones, according to a Moroccan military and security affairs expert with knowledge of the plans. Israel’s […]

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EU court annuls Morocco trade deals over Western Sahara (Radmilla Suleymanova, Al Jazeera)

A European Union court on Wednesday annulled EU-Morocco agriculture and fishing trade deals, saying that they were agreed to without the consent of the people of Western Sahara. The EU and Morocco issued a joint statement reiterating that they would act to ensure continuity of the bilateral trade. EU court annuls Morocco trade deals over […]