Posts Tagged ‘al-Mourabitoun’

Western Sahara: The Geneva Meeting – Robert M. Holley

Robert M. Holley December 10, 2018 It appears that UN Personal Envoy Horst Kohler’s reported request that the Parties refrain from extensive comments to the media following their Geneva meeting of December 5 and 6 has largely been respected, thus far.  Little of substance has been reported. Nevertheless, there are some clues. Kohler has announced that he intends to call for another round of discussions in the first quarter of ...

Former US Ambassador to Morocco, Frederick Vreeland, recalls his friendship with President Bush and time in Morocco

Ambassador Frederick Vreeland December 9, 2018 The late President George H.W. Bush once told me he appreciated the support Morocco had shown when he was building the coalition of nations opposing what Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s dictator, called its “annexation” of Kuwait, in August 1990.  One week after that invasion, the Arab League met and adopted a resolution calling for troops to assure the liberation of Kuwait and the protection of ...

Remembering President George H.W. Bush and his meeting with King Hassan II – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

                      Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) December 6, 2018 At his arrival ceremony in Washington, on September 26, 1991, King Hassan II remarked to President George H.W. Bush,  “Throughout your career, we have at all times perceived in you a man of rectitude, humility, deep thought, true foresight, and unshakable faithfulness toward his friends.” King Hassan had a way with words, ...

Regional Business Notes: Financial Challenges Facing SMEs; EU Comments on Need for AMU Progress; while Advances in Algeria Strengthen Case for AMU Economic Integration – Jean R. AbiNader

Jean R. AbiNader November 27, 2018 It is a commonly accepted assumption that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are vital to creating jobs in an economy. The OECD refers to SMEs as firms employing up to 249 persons, with the following breakdown: micro (1 to 9), small (10 to 49), and medium (50-249). In emerging economies, SMEs contribute up to 45% of total employment and 33% of GDP. This is ...

Once Again, the King of Morocco Calls for a “Frank Dialogue” with Algeria – Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.)

Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel (ret.) November 23, 2018 I can personally testify to King Hassan II’s optimism that the Algerian-Moroccan relationship would significantly improve following President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s election in April of 1999. King Hassan would die three months later and, although Bouteflika would attend his funeral and call the new King a “brother,” within two months he would prove to have little interest in improving relations with his neighbor. In ...
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