Magnitude-4.5 Quake Recorded off Driouch Province


Rabat – A magnitude-4.5 earthquake was recorded Monday off the province of Driouch, said the National Institute of Geophysics (ING).

The tremor, whose epicenter is located off the coast of Driouch province, occurred at 1:40:25 a.m. (GMT+1), added the ING’s National Seismic Monitoring and Warning Network in a seismic alert bulletin.

At a depth of 16 km, the tremor occurred at a latitude of 35.531 °N and a longitude of 3.502 °W, according to the same source.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

African Lion 2024: Military Observers from 7 Countries Attend Maneuvers at Cape DraS in Tan-Tan


Cap Draa (Tan-Tan) – A group of 14 military observers representing 7 countries attended, Monday at Cap DraS (north of Tan-Tan), military maneuvers which are part of the combined Moroccan-American exercise ‘African Lion 2024’.

The ‘African Lion 2024’ exercise, organized by the Royal Armed Forces and the US Army in accordance with the High Instructions of HM King Mohammed VI, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces (FAR), aims to strengthen the operational, technical and procedural interoperability between the participating armies.

Considered the largest exercise conducted on the continent, ‘African Lion 2024’ brings together military executives to exchange procedures and experiences, particularly in terms of training and combined joint training.

During these maneuverers, which took place on Monday at the maneuvering field at the mouth of the Wadi DraS, which represent a rehearsal for the closing of this exercise scheduled for next Friday in the same area, ground military maneu
vers were carried out with the participation of FAR and US Army units.

These ground maneuvers, which included heavy artillery fire, tank fire and infantry maneuvers, were attended by Major General Mohammed Benlouali, Southern Zone Chief of Staff, Major General Ahmed Bousserbat, Commander of the Oued DraS military sector, and military observers from Angola, Gabon, Zambia, Senegal, Cameroon, the United Arab Emirates and France.

In a statement to MAP, Commander Ayoub Outaleb, head of the armored unit of the “African Lion” exercise, said operational training was carried out on Monday at the mouth of the Oued DraS, during of which the participants demonstrated a high level of preparation and professionalism in the execution of the tasks assigned to them, emphasizing that this exercise anew confirms the strength of the partnership and cooperation between the Royal Armed Forces and the US Army.

For his part, Drew Ryder, an American soldier, commended the ‘African Lion’ exercise, adding that this experience ‘will
remain one of the best’ in his career.

“I am very proud to work and train with my Moroccan brothers in arms,’ he said.

For his part, Lieutenant-Colonel Ousmane Dieme, military observer of the Senegalese forces, expressed his joy at participating in this joint exercise between the Royal Armed Forces and the US Army, “which constitutes a wonderful experience that contributes to strengthening ties between the participants’.

“It is a great opportunity for us to see the units of the Royal Armed Forces and the US Army carry out large-scale military maneuvers,’ he said, adding that these maneuvers constitute an opportunity to test interoperability between the different forces and to witness these maneuvers on the ground.

He stressed that the “African Lion” exercise is meant to strengthen security in the region, welcoming the coordination efforts between the Royal Armed Forces and the US Army to conduct these maneuvers in a coordinated and efficient manner.

Around 7,000 members of the armed forces from around tw
enty countries in addition to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) are taking part alongside the FAR and the US Army, in the combined Moroccan-American exercise ‘African Lion 2024’ (May 20-31).

Contributing to strengthening operational, technical and procedural interoperability between the participating armies, the ‘African Lion 2024’ exercise, the largest exercise in Africa, is an annual event where military executives come together to exchange procedures and experiences, particularly in terms of training and combined joint training.

This twentieth edition testifies to the sustainability which characterizes cooperation between the FAR and the US Army, reflecting the historical and solid links which between the two countries.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

WHA77: Morocco Chairs Session on Impact of Social Isolation


Geneva – Morocco’s Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khaled Ait Taleb, chaired in Geneva a high-level working session focusing on the profound effects of social isolation on public health.

During the session, organized on Monday by the U.S. Permanent Mission in Geneva in coordination with member states represented at the WHO Commission on Social Connection, the minister stressed the importance of promoting social cohesion and its vital role in supporting the health of individuals and communities.

“Social isolation poses a significant risk to mental and physical health, directly affecting people’s quality of life,” he stated, pointing to the growing challenges of social isolation worldwide.

Studies have shown that social isolation and loneliness are health risk factors similar to chronic diseases such as diabetes, air pollution, and smoking, he said. WHO recognizes the importance of social environments in promoting public health, as social ties are one of the main pillars along with physical and men
tal health.

Furthermore, Ait Taleb also announced that Morocco will host the second in-person meeting of the WHO Commission on Social Connection in September, adding that this event will be an important milestone in global efforts to combat social isolation and promote well-being.

The minister is leading Morocco’s delegation to the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77), which runs until June 1st under the theme “All for Health, Health for All.”

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Bayt Mal Al Quds Agency Launches Startup Incubator in Casablanca for Al-Quds Youth


Casablanca – The Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif Agency, under the Al Quds Committee chaired by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, launched, on Monday in Casablanca, a startup incubator in the field of innovation (BMAQ Plus) for young Al-Quds entrepreneurs.

Part of the Agency’s digital strategy, this platform aims to incubate startups and offer real opportunities for integration into the job market, e-commerce and e-learning, in addition to preserving the cultural and civilizational heritage of the Holy City and contributing to documenting and protecting the human heritage of Al Quds.

The launch of this startup incubator aims to bring the institution closer to the financial and business sector, as well as commercial and economic, air and maritime crossroads.

This program, which is part of the Agency’s digital strategy, will host ten startups led by young Palestinians, Mohamed Salem Cherkaoui, Director in charge of management at the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Asharif Agency, told the press.

He added that the launch of this plat
form reflects the agency’s commitment to serve the Holy City and its inhabitants in accordance with the High Instructions of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, and to diversify its activities with a direct and tangible impact on the life of the Palestinian population.

In statements to MAP, young Al Quds entrepreneurs welcomed this opportunity offered by the Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif Agency, allowing them to achieve their projects.

They stressed that the Bayt Mal Al Quds Asharif Agency works, through this platform, to support young Palestinians with project ideas in various fields, help them develop these projects and improve their living conditions.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

77th World Health Assembly Kicks Off in Geneva with Morocco’s Participation


Geneva – The 77th World Health Assembly (WHA), the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO), opened on Monday in Geneva under the theme “All for Health, Health for All,” with the participation of Morocco.

Morocco’s delegation to the Assembly, which runs until June 1, is led by Minister of Health and Social Protection, Khalid Ait Taleb.

The WHA provides an important venue for combating diseases such as HIV, measles and polio against the backdrop of climate emergencies and the rising incidence of diseases such as hypertension and obesity.

One of the highlights of the assembly will be the discussion on the Global Agreement on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response.

Ahead of the Assembly, the WHO Investment Round kicked off to secure pledges from current and potential donors to ensure sustainable funding for the organization.

According to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the cumulative effects of climate change, epidemic outbreaks, and conflict are placing e
ver-increasing pressure on WHO to meet global health needs.

This Health Assembly offers Member States major opportunities to promote, ensure and protect the health and well-being of all with the adoption of the Fourteenth General Programme of Work and the Global Health Strategy for the next four years, he said.

This will support the ongoing transformation of the organization as part of the WHO investment round and make the world a safer place, thanks to the Agreement on Pandemics and the amendments to the International Health Regulations, he said.

One of the key milestones and outcomes expected at the Health Assembly is the approval, on May 28, of WHO’s 2025-2028 strategy to address the health consequences of major phenomena such as climate change, aging populations, migration, and advances in science and technology.

Crucial decisions are expected on a range of health priorities, such as climate and health, WHO action in health emergencies, access to transformative tools, communicable and non-communicable
diseases, mental health, and women’s health.

The Health Assembly will feature the high-level participation of political leaders and ambassadors, as well as representatives of civil society and non-state stakeholders, to underline the global commitment to advancing the public health agenda.

Strategic roundtables will also take place throughout the Health Assembly, with debates between Health Assembly delegates, partner organizations, civil society representatives, and WHO experts on public health priorities.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse

Arab Parliamentary Union Congress: Moroccan Delegation Reiterates Kingdom’s Support for Palestinian Cause


Algiers – The Moroccan delegation taking part in the 36th Congress of the Arab Parliamentary Union (APU) reiterated, on Sunday in Algiers, Morocco’s support, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, for the Palestinian Cause and its efforts to preserve the legal status and the historical and civilizational character of the Holy City.

Speaking on behalf of the Moroccan delegation, first vice-speaker of the House of Representatives, Mohamed Sibari, highlighted the initiatives of the Bayt Mal Al-Quds Agency, aimed at safeguarding the cultural identity of the Holy City and supporting the resistance of the Palestinian people in the face of attempts to alter the status of the Holy City and the demographic balance in the Palestinian territories.

‘Peace and coexistence have been and will remain one of the components of the doctrine of Moroccan diplomacy, under the leadership of His Majesty the King’, noted Sibari, reiterating Morocco’s constant and historic positions
in favor of the Palestinian Cause and the efforts made by His Majesty the King, Chairman of the Al Quds Committee, to preserve the legal status and the historical and civilizational character of the Holy City.

He affirmed that the Palestinian people have been fighting for decades against ‘the historic injustice done to them, and today they are shedding their blood to obtain their inalienable and non-negotiable rights’.

In addition, Sibari emphasized the repercussions of the current situation in the Arab world on the positioning of the Arab group on the international scene and its impact on the Palestinian cause, as the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip suffer enormously from Israeli aggression, regretting the inaction of the international community, in particular the forces that influence international resolutions, to put an end to Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people.

Source: Agence Marocaine De Presse