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King Mohammed VI Sends Best Wishes to Qatar, Promises to Uphold Ties

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has sent a message of good wishes and fraternity to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad ..

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has sent a message of good wishes and fraternity to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, several Moroccan news outlets have reported. The gesture is the latest in a series of similar moves towards other MENA countries.

The royal message, according to Moroccos official outlet Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), is consistent with the Moroccan monarchs insistence on the need for collective action to solve the MENA regions most urgent matters.

King Mohammed VIs “friendship and brotherly” message to the Qatari emir was carried to Doha by foreign minister Nasser Bourita, who has been on a tour in the Gulf to reiterate Rabats belief in regional geopolitics without internal conflicts.


King Mohammed VIs message is that the region needs concerted efforts to facilitate “collaboration on the most crucial issues of security and human and economic development,” reports have concurred.

While reports have so far not indicated the content of the sealed letter to the Qatari emir, it is understood that the message contains the usual Moroccan calls for more unified MENA responses on some of the “most crucial regional issues.”

On the bilateral front, King Mohammed VI expressed satisfaction at the strong ties between Rabat and Doha, promising the Qatari emir that Rabat wants to preserve the historical and cultural bonds between the two nations, MAP suggested.

In response, Qatar, which has increasingly been a source of financial and moral support for a number of Moroccan interests, promised to further the positives of the Rabat-Qatar cooperation.

So far, Bourita has attended audiences with the highest echelons of power in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and now Qatar. In all instances, MAP has stressed, the Moroccan minister “extended the Kings good wishes and brother greetings” to his hosts.

Rabats constructive neutrality

Bouritas meetings with many regional leaders in a brief time span fall within the frame of King Mohammed VIs insistent calls for basing regional politics on a culture of “shared responsibilities.”

Cohesion has been the distinctive mark of Moroccos “royal diplomacy” in the past decade, and Bouritas tour will come as no surprise to watchers of Moroccos foreign policy.

But even in the current context, the recent story of Qatar and Moroccos shift towards each other has had features of being an outlier. Moroccos policy of “constructive neutrality” in the latest Gulf crisis has been particularly useful in cementing the Doha-Rabat relations.

Rabat, deciding to reject the Saudi-led blockade of Qatar to uphold what it called Moroccos right to an independent foreign policy, was there for Qatar at the outset of the crisis, sending humanitarian aid to the nation.

While the humanitarian support was symbolic in many regards—Qatar has considerable financial resources—the move bore fruits in cementing Doha-Rabat ties. In the process, Saudi Arabia has reportedly accused Rabat of siding with Qatar while feigning neutrality.

Morocco has dismissed the claims and insisted that its “historical” ties with Saudi Arabia did not necessarily mean it had to blindly follow Saudi interests at the expense of its own regional agenda, which it said envisions building a strong, rather than a fragmented, MENA.

The neutrality policy has won Morocco plaudits in Qatari media and Doha-friendly circles, leading the Gulf country to emphatically embrace Rabat. In Qatari media discourses following Moroccos “principled” refusal to side with the blockade, King Mohammed VI was touted the “first blockade breaker.”

This may have prompted the Qatari emir to be the first world leader to call King Mohammed VI after Morocco failed to win the hosting rights of the 2026 World Cup.

Appearing to take upon himself the responsibility of soothing a blow after “betrayal” from a number of Arab and African countries during the FIFA voting process, Emir Al Thani promised King Mohammed VI that he would personally finance another Moroccan bid to host the World Cup.

The Qatari leader said that he understood that hosting the footballing masterpiece event was a “national dream” for Moroccans and that Qatar would throw its financial might and “brotherly support” behind Morocco to help it materialize that aspiration.

Dohas Africa turn?

For all the reported Doha-Rabat bromance story, there have been suggestions that while the growing bilateral partnership is genuine, Qatars own ambitions to emerge from the shadows of Turkey, Iran, and the now-weakened Gulf Council crisis have shaped its heightened focus on Morocco.

The idea is that while Doha is an established financial power, it can barely claim Moroccos level of strategic importance in number of global issues, ranging from migration to security and anti-terrorism.

Through a solid presence in Morocco, the argument goes, Qatar wants to gradually make for itself a place in African affairs, a field where Rabat has recently grown as a trend-setter and invaluable partner for many governments.

Foreign policy often is a story of communication theatrics where events are exaggerated, understated, or altogether shunned, depending on who is telling the story.

And while all the hype—positive or negative—around the Rabat-Doha romance should be taken with a grain of salt, the two countries have been adamant about their “commitment to common interests and principles.”

Qatar, the speaker of the Qatari Advisory Council said in March of this year, has a “special respect” for Moroccan interests.

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Vodafone makes 5G available in homes in Qatar

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Vodafone Qatar continues its leadership in driving digital innovation with news that it is making 5G technology commercially available with the launch of its latest innovation- Vodafone GigaHome- the new home internet solution.

Vodafone GigaHome covers every size house with guaranteed Wi-Fi in every roomusing a state of the art Giga- Wi-Fi Hubpowered by Vodafones GigaNet networkincluding Fibre and 5G.Alongside this, customers can enjoy free lifestyle offers including Entertainer and WAVO by OSN whichprovides live channels from across the globe, TV shows and on-demand movies.

With Vodafone GigaHome there are no installation fees, no charges for moving to a new house and seamlessinstallation. This latest offering follows Vodafones announcement last month that it doubled the speed of all its existing customers home fibre internet for free.

Commenting on their latest launch, Vodafone Qatars Chief Operating Officer, Diego Camberos, said: “Were delighted to make 5G available in homes of Qatar to meet our customersneeds and lifestyle requirements. GigaHome Wi-Fisolves the fact that manyfamilies are experiencinginconsistent internetdue to poor Wi-Fi coverage in their homes.”

“The launch of Vodafone GigaHome isanother important milestone in our clear strategy to lead digital innovation in Qatar. Far more than mobile, we have been rolling out a full spectrum of digital solutions for personal and business use; all supported by our world-class network– GigaNet,” added Camberos.

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Kushner: Mideast plan to come after Ramadan, seek Palestinian investment

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner said Tuesday he would present his long-awaited ..

US President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner said Tuesday he would present his long-awaited Middle East peace proposal around June and that it would include a “robust business plan” for the Palestinians.[contfnewc]
Kushner, speaking at a forum of Time magazine, said he had hoped to offer the proposal late last year but that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had called elections and still needs time to form a coalition.[contfnewc]
“Once that’s done we’ll probably be in the middle of Ramadan, so we’ll wait until after Ramadan and then we’ll put our plan out,” said Kushner, a senior advisor to Trump, referring to the Muslim fasting month which ends in early June.
Kushner’s plan has already been met with deep skepticism from the Palestinians, who say Trump cannot be an honest broker after he took the landmark step of recognizing bitterly disputed Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.[contfnewc]
But Kushner, whose own role has been questioned due to his longstanding family ties with Netanyahu, said he remained hopeful that his “unconventional approach” would bear fruit.
“I think that if people focus on the old traditional talking points we will never make progress,” he said.[contfnewc]
He declined to answer if the plan would include longstanding US support for a Palestinian state, after hints by the administration that it would not, but said it would include investment to boost the Palestinian economy.
“Our focus is really on the bottom up, which is how do you make the lives of the Palestinian people better, what can you resolve to allow these areas to become more investable?” he said.[contfnewc]
“We deal with all the core status issues because you have to do it, but we’ve also built a robust business plan for the whole region,” he added.
Kushner also said the plan would address Israel’s concerns over security.
“I think that what we do is something that allows for Israel to maintain security, but there will be tough compromises for both,” he said.
Netanyahu in his election campaign vowed to annex parts of the West Bank where Israeli settlers live, a prospect that would doom longstanding Palestinian hopes of a state.[contfnewc]
The Israeli leader said Tuesday he plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan Heights after Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel’s claim of sovereignty there.
Trump broke with longstanding international consensus last month when he recognized Israel’s claim of sovereignty over the part of the strategic plateau it seized from Syria in the 1967 Six-Day War.[contfnewc]
The decision came only two weeks ahead of the tightly contested Israeli election, which saw Netanyahu win a record fifth term in office.
The Trump administration has also cut funding that the United States had supplied to a UN agency helping Palestinian refugees and their descendants.
Last year, it slashed funding to the agency by $300 million and said it would not repeat the $60 million that it did provide.[contfnewc]
Kushner has also cultivated close personal ties with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman as part of his efforts to forge regional backing for his plan.
The heir to the Saudi throne has however been the focus of widespread criticism over the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate.
Kushner sidestepped a question Tuesday about reports that the US intelligence services had concluded that the prince had ordered the journalist’s murder.
“I’m not going to dispute American intelligence services’ recommendations. I’m also not going to talk about anything intelligence related,” Kushner said.[contfnewc]

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Qatari Emir in Rwanda for three-day state visit

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, arrived in Rwanda on Sunday, leading a hig..

The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, arrived in Rwanda on Sunday, leading a high-powered delegation of senior government officials and business executives from the Gulf state.

He is in the country for a three-day state visit.

Upon his arrival yesterday, the Emir, together with his host, President Paul Kagame witnessed the signing of four bilateral agreements between the two countries

The signing, which was preceded by a tete-a-tete between the two leaders, took place at Village Urugwiro in Kacyiru.

The agreements were signed in the areas of culture, sports, cooperation in the field of tourism and business events.

The two countries also signed agreements between Aviation Travel and Logistics (ATL) and Qatar Airways.

ATL is the parent company of the national carrier, RwandAir.

The visit by the Emir of Qatar follows one by the countrys Deputy Prime Minister, Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, last month.

Prior to this, President Kagame had visited the country last year.

The two nations have been working to increase cooperation in various aspects including diplomatic cooperation, political dialogue as well as different potential investments in Agriculture, technology, mining, transport, tourism.

In February this year, Members of Parliament approved a bilateral investment treaty between Rwanda and Qatar that was signed last year.

During the approval, parliament was informed that Rwanda is already in talks with potential investors from Qatar who have expressed keen interest in investing in coffee, education and agriculture among other areas.

The two nations also have pacts that cover air services business, reciprocal promotion and protection of investments and a memorandum of understanding on economic, commercial as well as technical cooperation.

Qatar and Rwanda also share ties through agreements in civil aviation, with Qatar Airways, the Gulf States flag carrier, operating direct flights to Rwanda since 2012.

Following the signing of the agreements, President Kagame hosted a dinner in honour of his guest and his delegation.

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