Macron announces Sahel troop drawdown, calls for new force

 President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday announced a major drawdown of France’s military presence in the Sahel and the end of the existing Barkhane operation.“The time has come: Our commitment in the Sahel will not continue in the same way,” Macron told a press conference.&ldq

Moroccan FM: Iran is working to destabilize North and West Africa

Iran is working through its proxies to destabilize North and West Africa, Al Arabiya reported on Friday citing the Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita. Iran threatens our territorial integrity and is training its militias to attack us, the Moroccan minister said, adding that Tehran was expan

Morocco records 6 deaths and 373 new cases of Coronavirus

The Moroccan Ministry of Health announced the registration of 6 deaths and 373 new cases of Coronavirus, in the last 24 hours. The Ministry stated in its daily report that the total number of deaths due to the virus in the Kingdom reached 9,038, while the total number of infections reached 512,28

Morocco to keep covid night curfew in place in Ramadan

Morocco will keep its nightly curfew in place during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when people gather after breaking their fast at sunset, Reuters reported the government announcing today. The decision to keep the 8pm-6am curfew will hurt restaurants, shops, and markets that make mos

Morocco expects 4.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses soon, officials say

Morocco expects new batches of coronavirus vaccine to arrive soon from Russia, South Korea and China, allowing it to continue its rapid immunization rollout despite a pause in exports from India, Health Ministry sources said.Morocco has already received 8.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, ma

Morocco receives 4 mln doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from India

 Morocco received a second batch of 4 million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, having began Africa’s first national vaccination campaign two weeks ago, health ministry sources said.The shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines, manufactured by India’s Serum Institu

Morocco's Justice and Development Party loses electoral strongholds

Morocco's Justice and Development Party, which heads the government coalition, lost a key stronghold last week in the Errachidia district. The party, which is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood branch in Morocco, ranked third after the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) and the National

Netanyahu speaks with Morocco's king, invites him to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Friday with Morocco's King Mohammed VI and invited him to visit Israel, Netanyahu's office said. The two leaders spoke about moving forward with a US-brokered agreement announced earlier this month to normalise bilateral ties, according to t

Morocco's Justice and Development party confirms support for PM Othmani

The Moroccan Justice and Development party confirmed on Thursday its support for Secretary-General and Prime Minister Saadeddine Othmani, after he was criticised for signing a joint declaration of normalisation with Israel. This came in a statement published by the party on its website, following

Morocco orders 65 million vaccine doses

RABAT: Morocco said Thursday it had ordered 65 million doses of novel coronavirus vaccine, as the North African kingdom prepared to launch a vaccination campaign targeting 25 million people."Preparations have reached very advanced stages," Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb said in a statement on th

The Moroccan government announces a three-week night curfew

The Moroccan government decided to impose a nationwide night curfew for a period of three weeks, starting on the evening of Wednesday 23 December 2020, with the tightening of precautionary measures to address the Covid-19 epidemic, according to a statement Monday night. The curfew continues from

Morocco expects 200,000 Israel tourists next year

Morocco expects about 200,000 Israeli tourists in 2021, Tourism Minister. "The number of Israeli tourists visiting Morocco is expected to rise from 50,000 to 200,000 as the two countries prepare to launch direct air links next year," Alaoui told Israel's official Kan broadcaster, adding

Morocco to include Jewish history and culture in its school curriculum

Morocco will soon be the "first" country in the North African region to incorporate Jewish history and culture into its school curriculum. The move aims to "highlight Morocco's diverse identity", according to Fouad Chafiqi, head of academic programmes at the Ministry of Education. The decision w

Moroccan Islamist groups reject normalizing ties with Israel

Morocco’s main Islamist groups on Saturday rejected Rabat’s plan to normalize ties with Israel following a deal brokered by the United States. The religious branch of the co-ruling PJD party, the Unity and Reform Movement (MUR), said in a statement the move was “deplorable&rdquo

Morocco to use Chinese vaccine to start mass immunisation

Morocco is preparing for an ambitious Covid-19 programme to vaccinate 80 per cent of adults starting this month, relying initially on a Chinese vaccine that has not yet completed advanced trials. On Tuesday, King Mohammed VI instructed the government to make the vaccine free of charge, the royal

Morocco Extends Virus Emergency for Another Month

Morocco on Thursday extended until January 10 its medical state of emergency in force since March to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The government decided to prolong the state of emergency in the country by another month, the official news agency MAP reported. The novel coronavirus ha

Othmani: Securing Guerguerat Crossing Led to ‘Qualitative, Strategic Shift’

Morocco’s Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani has affirmed that securing Guerguerat crossing, on the borders between Morocco and Mauritania, was a correction of “an illegal situation on ground.” He said this step contributes to consolidating the South-South cooperation in the

287 Imams Contract COVID-19 in Morocco

Morocco’s Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs Ahmed Al-Tawfiq announced that 287 imams have contracted the COVID-19. However, he assured that this figure remains minimal compared to the overall number of clerics in the country, which is around 67,000. In mid-March, Morocco shut down