Lede: Morocco has rejected a proposal made by Egypt to create an African Force to fight terrorism in the continent.
Key Background: “A vision within which African forces operate together is preferable than forming a unified African military force,” wrote Middle East Monitor, quoting Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita.
Bourita said that “Morocco is one of the oldest African countries to participate in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, including the first-ever operation in 1960.”
Why this is newsworthy: This development is a small piece of the continually unfolding conversation around peace in North Africa. It reveals slightly contradictory outlooks on solutions to terror among key actors in the MENA region, but also highlights the shared desire for some degree of pan-African collaboration.
Source: The North Africa Post
Lede: The African Union has awarded Morocco two awards, in recognition of its efforts in the fight against climate change and the transformation of farming in Africa.
Key Background: Today, the kingdom’s expertise is sought everywhere on the continent, from the Sahel region to the island states, which already benefit from the know-how developed by Morocco in this area, intrinsically linked to the future of Africa.
Why this is newsworthy: This story is important because it highlights something positive happening in Morocco amidst ongoing controversies. African states are seeking leadership for critical global issues like climate change, and Morocco is leading the charge in certain areas.
Source: Associated Press News
Lede: Spain on Monday rescued 119 migrants from the sea and was looking for 67 more believed to have gone missing on a boat while trying to reach European shores, the country’s maritime authorities said on Monday.
Key Background: Spain, which became the main entry point into Europe in 2018, saw the number of arrivals halved last year to 26,168.
Morocco received 140 million euros ($155 million) in European Union funds in 2019 to crack down on illegal crossings.
Why this is newsworthy: This story is not the first of its kind, and that is why it matters. It makes clear that the struggles of migrants leaving Morocco are unabated, and also depicts the attitudes of Spain and Morocco, both focused on prevention.