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H.E. Mr. Abdellah ZEGOUR

H.E. Mr. Abdellah ZEGOUR

Abdellah ZEGOUR
“Since my arrival I have noticed numerous similarities between our two people. One that stands out is the care they take of their families, something that has become such a rare thing everywhere else in the world, especially in Europe. Next, their hospitality. A Moroccan or a Serb will gladly invite you to his home or a restaurant; whereas in many foreign countries that I had a chance to get to know, the relations with foreigners are mostly confined to some formal civilities and courtesies. This is probably the Mediterranean trait in the Serbs` character. As for the differences between Morocco and Serbia, it is hard for me to pinpoint them after such a short stay. If they exist, they can only be explained by their different historical, geographic, economic and cultural contexts inherent to either of the two countries and their people.”

National Day: July 30th (Fête du Trône)

Morocco or officially the Kingdom of Morocco, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Geographically, Morocco is characterized by a rugged mountainous interior and large portions of desert. It is one of only three countries (with Spain and France) to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. The Arabic name al-Mamlakah al-Maghribiyah (The Western Kingdom) and Al-Maghrib (The West) are commonly used as alternate names.

Morocco has a population of over 33.8 million and an area of 446,550 km2 (172,410 sq mi). Its political capital is Rabat. The largest city is Casablanca. Other major cities include Marrakesh, Tangier, Tetouan, Salé, Fes, Agadir, Meknes, Oujda, Kenitra, and Nador. A historically prominent regional power, Morocco has a history of independence not shared by its neighbours. Its distinct culture is a blend of Arab, indigenous Berber, Sub-Saharan African, and European influences.

Morocco claims the non-self-governing territory of Western Sahara as its Southern Provinces. Morocco annexed the territory in 1975, leading to a guerrilla war with indigenous forces until a cease-fire in 1991. Peace processes have thus far failed to break the political deadlock.

Morocco is a constitutional monarchy with an elected parliament. The King of Morocco holds vast executive and legislative powers, especially over the military, foreign policy and religious affairs. Executive power is exercised by the government, while legislative power is vested in both the government and the two chambers of parliament, the Assembly of Representatives and the Assembly of Councillors. The king can issue decrees called dahirs which have the force of law. He can also dissolve the parliament after consulting the Prime Minister and the president of the Constitutional court.

Morocco’s predominant religion is Islam, and the official languages are Arabic and Berber. Moroccan Arabic, referred to as Darija, and French are also widely spoken. Morocco is an influential member of the Arab League and a part of the Union for the Mediterranean. It has the sixth-largest economy in Africa.


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