Luis Planas Fisheries Deal Continues Strong EUMorocco Cooperation

Rabat – The Spanish Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Luis Planas has again expressed his satisfaction with Moroccan-Spanish diplomatic ties.On Tuesday, Planas spoke about the Spanish royal visit to Morocco last week, emphasizing that King Mohammed VI’s invitation “testifies to the friendship, mutual trust and good relations between the two kingdoms.”The official attended a high-level conference at the 5th Halieutis Show in Agadir. Read Also: Spain: Adoption of EU-Morocco Fisheries Agreement is Decisive StepThe Spanish minister said that the signing of 11 cooperation conventions during the royal visit was a “huge success.”Planas added that the fisheries agreement between Morocco and the EU is a good example of the close relationship.Spain strongly voiced its support for the adoption of the EU-Morocco fisheries agreement.In January, the European Parliament adopted the fisheries agreement. The Parliament also adopted the agriculture agreement.Planas described the adoption of the agriculture agreement as a “very important” action that is a “green light for the marketing of agricultural products.”He had also urged European MPs to adopt the fisheries agreement, allowing Spanish vessels to fish in Moroccan waters, before summer. read more

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Fresh violations of ceasefire agreement reported in Sierra Leone UN mission

The rebels claim the violations occurred on 14 and 15 May in the RUF-controlled Kono district, the UN operation said in a statement issued in Freetown.UNAMSIL Force Commander Lieutenant-General Daniel Opande was told of the reported allegations by RUF interim leader Issa Sesay during a meeting with the RUF yesterday in Koidu. Gen. Opande was conducted around the villages that were attacked and expressed his regret over what he called an “unfortunate” incident. He also expressed confidence over the outcome of the 15 May Freetown meeting between the RUF and Government of Sierra Leone and the hope that the two sides would send messages to their front line commanders to abide by the ceasefire agreement.Meanwhile, senior UN mission officials travelled to Kambia to sensitize local RUF representatives about the upcoming disarmament process agreed upon in Freetown on Tuesday. read more

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