Moroccos Ambassador Aims to Promote Kingdom among US Opinion Shapers

Rabat – Morocco’s ambassador to the United States, Lalla Joumala Alaoui seeks to promote Morocco’s position among US opinion makers during talks she held on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. with President of the National Press Club (NPC) Andrea Snyder Edney.The two officials met at the National Press Building, which houses NPC headquarters and dozens of US and foreign media offices, including Morocco’s news agency MAP.The meeting was aimed at discussing the means of strengthening relations between the National Press Club, one of the world’s most influential media organizations, and Morocco. Alaoui affirmed that she will strive to boost cooperation between the two sides, expressing the embassy’s willingness to be an interlocutor with members of the National Press Club.The Moroccan representative went on to list recent reforms implemented in Morocco, particularly those that touch institutional sectors, socio-economic issues, women’s empowerment and the religious field as part of a forward-looking and proactive approach that makes Morocco a haven of peace and stability in the region.The president of the National Press Club said she was delighted to receive Morocco’s ambassador to the US, and she expressed her willingness to push for the consolidation of relations between the NPC and Morocco through training, organizing conferences about Morocco, and future exchange visits.The meeting was also attended by former NPC President Thomas Burr and NPC Executive Director William McCarren.After the talks finished, Alaoui visited MAP’s offices at the National Press Building, where she met with journalists who report on news related to Morocco-US relations, international institutions based in the US and the United Nations, and issues affecting the Moroccan community in the US. read more

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Burundi deadly clashes between Government rebel forces spread deeper into capital

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), clashes between the Palipehutu-Forces Nationales de Libération (FNL- Rwasa) rebel faction and the Armed Forces of Burundi (FAB) erupted in southern neighbourhoods of Bujumbura on Monday morning.Mortar rounds that exploded in densely populated locations, including the main Market Place, the Central Bank of Burundi and Prince Louis Rwagasore Hospital, have killed at least two civilians, according to OCHA.While the fighting is believed to have killed up to 20 civilians, injured as many as 1,000 and displaced some 5,000 people from their homes, Sunil Saigal, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi, said no accurate figure existed for the total number of injuries or deaths. “As many as 200 people have been admitted to hospitals and clinics run by national authorities and international non-governmental organizations,” Mr. Saigal said.OCHA said civilians in Bujumbura reported that both the rebels and military had actively encouraged civilians to flee the conflict areas. An estimated 2,000 displaced people, mostly women and children have been temporarily located in the grounds of the Burundi Life Museum (Musée Vivant). They have received high-protein biscuits from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), water from the International Committee for the Red Cross, and medical support from the NGO Médecins Sans Frontiers.The spread of fighting into Bujumbura punctuates a marked deterioration of security in Burundi. Now, 16 of Burundi’s 17 provinces are subjected to sporadic fighting, looting and armed banditry. At this time last year, only six provinces were subject to frequent conflict, while the other 11 were open to and in need of rehabilitation and development. Almost one in six Burundians continues to live away from their homes. read more

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