Morocco imposes new visa rules to deter EU-bound migrants

Morocco imposes new visa rules to deter EU-bound migrants

The Government of Morocco, under pressure to stem the tide of African migrants crossing into Spain, has established new entry visa rules for travelers from some African nations. Reuters reports that the new requirements apply in up to seven countries that have historically had no visa requirement to visit Morocco….

Ramaphosa addresses G20 Africa summit hosted by Merkel

Ramaphosa addresses G20 Africa summit hosted by Merkel

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa was among leaders, including host German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered keynote addresses to the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin on Tuesday. Ramaphosa praised the success to date of the G20’s Compact with Africa program, which was launched last year in Hamburg. Since then,…

SA diplomat in Western Sahara for talks on Sahrawi issue

SA diplomat in Western Sahara for talks on Sahrawi issue

South Africa’s deputy foreign minister met with the prime minister of Western Sahara on Sunday as part of a four-day visit to the long-disputed government seeking independence from Morocco. The visit by Llewellyn Landers aims to deepen diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), according to…

Update: Leslie passes Madeira, heads for Portugal

*Update: The tropical storm warning for Madeira was discontinued Saturday afternoon.* It finally happened early Friday morning. After wandering in the Atlantic Ocean for nearly three weeks, and frustrating meteorologists for about as long, the tropical cyclone Leslie moved far enough east to warrant a tropical storm warning for Madeira…

Morocco, Western Sahara talks set for December

Horst Kohler, the United Nations Special Envoy on Western Sahara, has invited the Polisario Front to a first round of talks with Morocco in December in Geneva, according to Sahara Press Service. The official media outlet aligned with Western Sahara independence said the Polisario Front received its invitation on Friday…

Global Compact on Migration moves forward

The much-awaited Global Compact for Migration is one step closer to adoption, as the United Nations finalized the text on Friday. Plans for that adoption are set for December at a conference in Morocco. The Global Compact initiative was approved in 2016 during the Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and…

Buhari visit to Morocco puts focus on Nigeria’s fertilizer industry

President Muhammadu Buhari begins a two-day visit to Morocco on Sunday, and will meet with King Mohammed VI to discuss economic partnerships between the two nations. The leaders will focus on strengthening existing agreements on the fertilizer industry, as well as education cooperation, the Nigeria-Morocco Gas Pipeline project and establishing…

SADR welcomes UN Security Council decision on MINURSO

A Sahrawi spokesman said Monday that Western Sahara leaders welcomed the United Nations Security Council decision to extend the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another six months. Mohammed Khadad said the decision reflects a turning point in the UN approach to the Sahrawi issue, in comments reported by…

Moroccan activists create human sun to press for renewable energy

Hundreds of climate activists descended on Casablanca Sunday to create a sun-shaped human banner calling attention to renewable energy. The participants, part of the “Break Free – Go Solar” campaign supported by Greenpeace, created the sun shape near the landmark Hassan II mosque. They were accompanied by messages in English,…

Morocco visits Belarus to discuss support for troubled World Cup bid

Morocco’s Nawal El Moutawakel, head of the country’s National Olympic Committee (NOC), and her delegation visited Belarus to discuss their FIFA World Cup 2026 bid with their counterparts in Minsk. “We are glad to welcome such designated representatives of the Moroccan Olympic Movement,” said George Katulin, the NOC Secretary General…