Posts Tagged ‘Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel’

Solving 40-year Cold War conflict needs more than words | The Hill

How U.S. policy towards Western Sahara was shaped, and how the conflict must be resolved: Forty years ago on November 6, 1975, 350,000 Moroccans, led by King Hassan II, peaceably walked into the Spanish-occupied Western Sahara, in defiance of thousands of Spanish soldiers, waving the Moroccan flag and the Koran, to reclaim their traditional sovereignty over the region as General Franco faded from power. It was a different era, and ...

Morocco has come a long way under King Mohammed VI | The Washington Diplomat

Former U.S. ambassador to Morocco Edward M. Gabriel shares his story of a hot summer day in Bouznika, and how Morocco’s trajectory has changed since then: On a hot summer afternoon exactly 16 years ago today, I stood in line along a red carpet runway with other members of the diplomatic corps in Bouznika — a town between Casablanca and Rabat — to greet the newly ascended king of Morocco. ...

On Africa, Obama and King Mohammed VI are birds of a feather | The Hill

Morocco is already doing many of the things that President Obama wants Africa to do, reflecting a shared vision, says former Ambassador Ed Gabriel: Last week—almost exactly a year since convening his inaugural U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit here in Washington, DC—President Obama took to the podium at the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and delivered remarks “to the people of Africa”—“one of the fastest-growing regions in the world.” Citing ...

Morocco: What a simulated battle tells us about a true ally | The Hill

The 2015 African Lion military exercises enhance an already strong partnership between Morocco and the US: At a time of escalating turmoil and uncertainty in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. military’s African Lion exercise, Phase II of which wrapped up last week in Agadir, Morocco, is another reminder of just how important it is that the United States continue to strengthen its relationships in the region, and ...

On Tindouf Camp abuses, enough is enough | The Hill

How the Polisario systematically steals aid destined for refugees, and how this embezzlement inhibits meaningful negotiations: Every year, countries around the world—including the United States—donate millions of dollars worth of food and other humanitarian aid to the Polisario Front-run refugee camps near Tindouf, Algeria to support the tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees trapped there in desperate conditions. Meanwhile, the Polisario—a dictatorial separatist movement founded in the 1970s and bankrolled ...
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