[The Hill] Hopeful signs for religious reform in the Arab world

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on Moroccan efforts to teach moderate religious values focused on tolerance and openness to counter extremism and radical religious interpretation: The Hill (April 9, 2018) — Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s visit to the United States has generated much press and excitement about the future monarch, a leader who appears to be committed to religious, socio-economic and ...

Morocco Signs on to the African Continental Free Trade Area as Latest Step to Affirm Commitment to Africa – Jean R. AbiNader

  Jean R. AbiNader March 27, 2018 Saad Eddine El Othmani, the Head of Government, led Morocco’s delegation to the 10th Extraordinary Summit of the African Union (AU) held in Kigali, at which 44 African countries signed an agreement to initiate a continental free trade area (AfCFTA). He said it was a historic event that marks a major step in the process of African integration. El Othmani noted that discussions ...

[The Hill] President Trump’s declaration on Jerusalem is an upset to years of US policy

Edward Gabriel, the U.S. ambassador to Morocco from 1997-2001, published an op-ed on the impact of the Trump Administration’s recent actions on the Middle East and North Africa: The Hill (December 12, 2017) — President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital has likely erased any foreseeable potential for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians, and undermined the prospects of the United States continuing to be seen ...

King Mohammed VI Calls for Shift in EU-Africa Cooperation, New Vision for Migration

Washington, DC, December 1, 2017 (MACP) – In a speech to the 5th African Union-European Union Summit, King Mohammed VI called for a shift in the EU-Africa partnership toward a “new bicontinental pact” to develop a “constructive agenda” based on action to shape a better future. “Both Africa and Europe must rise, together, to inevitable challenges through shared competitiveness, co-localization of productive businesses, regulated human mobility and fruitful cultural exchanges,” ...

Morocco Ranks Third in 2018 Climate Change Performance Index, Solidifying Place as World Leader in Fight Against Climate Change

Washington, DC, November 28, 2017 (MACP) – For the third year in a row, Morocco ranked in the top ten of the Climate Change Performance Index, placing third behind only Sweden and Lithuania in the annual index published by Germanwatch, the NewClimate Institute, and the Climate Action Network. The index, which evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of 56 countries and the EU, cited Morocco’s  high ratings in the ...
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