Moroccan soldiers from the 2nd Battalion Infantry Paratroopers in Senegal for Flintlock 2020.
Photo Credit: MA Defenses
March 2, 2020
Source: Middle East Monitor
Lede: Algerian Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum said that his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, had made “showcasing actions that often amounted to provocation and insult.”
Key Background: “Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita had strongly attacked Algeria, against the backdrop of its stance towards African countries’ opening of consulates in Laayoune city, which the Polisario Front considers the capital of Western Sahara.”
“Boukadoum added in a joint press conference with the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Aboul Gheit, on Saturday in the Algerian capital that Algeria ‘does not build its relations with insults.’ ”
Why this is newsworthy: This event is newsworthy because it illustrates conflict between Morocco and Algeria. These two countries have dealt with conflict and contention for years. This event is demonstrative of the tension that exists between Morocco and Algeria.
Source: Morocco World News
Lede: Morocco provided airlift support in the US-led “Flintlock” military exercise in Mauritania and Senegal that concluded Friday.
Key Background: “For the first time, African nations took on roles as trainers in the 1,600-troop-strong anti-terrorism exercise. In addition to Morocco’s airlift support, Senegalese instructors taught paramedic skills.”
“Over 30 countries participated in the two-week-long program, including Morocco, Mauritania, Cameroon, and 12 countries in West Africa.”
Why this is newsworthy: This event is newsworthy because it illustrates the growing importance of peaceful diplomatic relationships. When countries work together like this, they are strengthening their relationships. Events like these are important, because they strengthen the bonds between countries. This event also shows how a common cause can bring countries together. A common threat has the ability to create peaceful relationships between countries, as they work together to eliminate the threat. In this case, the common threat is terrorism.
Source: North Africa Post
Lede: The leadership in Africa of King Mohammed VI, who is in charge of migration, was highlighted at a meeting of Western Mediterranean countries in Marrakech (5+5).
Key Background: “The King received the leadership following the success of Morocco’s migration policy, which was commended as groundbreaking in the continent, Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita told participants.”
“The 8th Ministerial Conference of the 5+5 dialogue on Migration and development, held in Marrakesh March 1-2, centered on migration policies, regular migration and development, integration of migrants and the fight against illegal migration.”
Why this is newsworthy: This event is newsworthy because it shows how Morocco is often considered a forward thinking country. Compared to other countries in the Middle East, Morocco is seen as more liberal and forward thinking. This event demonstrates how other countries often perceive Morocco. Their assumptions aren’t the full picture though, only scratching the surface of the country. From the outside it appears as if Morocco is quite liberal, which actually isn’t the case.