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Newsline: Ireland to Open Embassy in Rabat for the First Time

Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Simon Coveney announced that his country will open a new embassy in Rabat to develop trade and business opportunities between Morocco and Ireland. “Ireland is so far one of the few European Union member states without presence in North Africa…a new embassy in Rabat will allow us to develop trading opportunities, especially in the fields of agri-food, agricultural machinery and renewable energy,” Coveney said in a statement to Moroccan state owned press, Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The decision comes in line with the Global Ireland 2025 strategy to strengthen Ireland’s presence globally. The country plans to open other embassies and consulates in Cardiff, Wales; Frankfurt, Germany; Los Angeles, US; and Kiev, Ukraine, starting from 2019.



Newsline: Algeria summons Moroccan ambassador

Algeria summoned the Moroccan ambassador late Wednesday to protest accusations that Algiers had helped facilitate alleged Iranian support for the separatist Polisario Front. Speaking to Algeria’s official news agency APS, Algerian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Abdulaziz bin Ali al-Sharif said Moroccan ambassador Hasan Abdulhalik was summoned to the Foreign Ministry. Sharif said the ambassador was informed that the Algerian government completely rejects “untrue statements” made Tuesday by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita which were indirectly attributed to Algeria. Earlier Wednesday, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported that Iran’s embassy in Algiers had dismissed the suggestion that it had “any relations” with the Polisario Front, which demands independence for Morocco’s Western Sahara region.


Newsline: Burglars break into Moroccan ambassador’s home, flee in his car in Athens

Police in Athens were on Monday seeking the intruders who broke into the home of the Moroccan ambassador to Greece in Palaio Psychico in the early hours of the morning. The perpetrators, who have not been identified, stole cash and valuables from the house before fleeing in the ambassador’s diplomatic car which had been parked outside. It was unclear if anyone had been in the property at the time of the breakin.


Newsline: Algeria summons Moroccan ambassador in row over Syrian refugees

Algerian Foreign Ministry summoned Morocco’s ambassador here on Sunday in protest of Morocco’s accusations that Algeria expelled Syrian refugees into Morocco. “Following serious accusations by Moroccan authorities that blame Algeria for forcing Syrian refugees to illegally enter Moroccan territories from the two countries’ shared border, Algeria has expressed to the Ambassador of Morocco its categorical rejection for these false allegations,” a ministry statement said. Earlier on Sunday, Moroccan media reported that 55 Syrian refugees from Algeria were left helpless near the country’s borders with Algeria, noting that Moroccan authorities prevented them from entering the country and accused its western neighbor of forcing them into Morocco.


Newsline: Arrest Made in Connection with Murder of Moroccan Diplomat in South Africa

Following ambiguous circumstances surrounding the recent assassination of Fatmi Noureddine, an officer in charge of consular affairs at the Moroccan Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa, the Pretorian police arrested a man in connection with the murder last week of the Moroccan diplomat. According to the South African website Timeslive, the police arrested a Zimbabwean at his Monument Park home, close to the murder scene. The Moroccan diplomat was found lying in a pool of blood at his Pretoria home on Tuesday. “The suspect was found with a watch, a camera and a cellphone and other items linking him to the murder,”according to Timeslive. In his possession also were “passports of at least 30 people, as well as several photographs, and passport and visa applications.”


Newsline: Theft suspected motive behind Moroccan diplomat’s murder in South Africa

Theft is suspected to be the motive in the death of a Moroccan diplomat whose body was found in a pool of blood at his guesthouse in Pretoria. Colleagues at the Moroccan embassy say they investigated after the normally punctual Fatmi Noureddine failed to arrive for work. Noureddine’s body was found in a pool of blood at his guesthouse on Tuesday. Officials say an autopsy is currently underway to determine the cause of his death. A cellphone is missing from his room but Moroccan diplomats say they don’t know if Noureddine was in possession of a large sum of money. Morocco hasn’t had an ambassador in South Africa for a decade. It withdrew its chief representative in protest against Pretoria establishing diplomatic relations with the Western Sahara that Morocco has occupied in defiance of the international community since 1975. Earlier this year, Rwanda’s former head of external intelligence Patrick Karegeya was found murdered in his hotel room in Sandton.


Newsline: Panama Opens Embassy in Morocco

he headquarters of the Embassy of the Republic of Panama in Morocco was inaugurated in Rabat, in the presence of the Panamanian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mayra Arosemena and several Moroccan officials. The Panamanian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs welcomed, in a statement to the press, the opening of Panama’s embassy in Morocco, expressing her country’s readiness to promote bilateral cooperation with Morocco. She expressed optimism about further strengthening bilateral economic and trade relations, adding that Morocco is a gateway to Africa, while Panama is considered an entry point to South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. For her part, Bouaida said the inauguration of the Panamanian Embassy in Rabat is a landmark in Moroccan-Panamanian relations which is heralding a promising future in terms of political and economic exchanges.