Wednesday, June 3, 2020



EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO

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EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF MOROCCO
Chancery: Sanje Živanovića 4
Tel: +381 (11) 3690-288; +381 (11) 3691-866
Fax: +381 (11) 3690-499
E-mail: [email protected]


Working hours:
Monday – Friday: 09.00-16.00h

H.E. Mr. Mohammed Amine BELHAJ

H.E. Mr. Mohammed Amine BELHAJ

Mohammed Amine Belhaj (50) was born in Raba, where he graduated in Economics and Law at Mohammed V University, before gaining his Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Analysis of Building Europe from the University of Louvain La-Neuve, Saint-Louis Faculty, Institute of European Studies, Brussels.

From 1992 to 1998 he served as an administrator and project manager in charge of Double Taxation Agreements at the Moroccan Ministry of Economy and Finance, and from 1998 he was a member of the Cabinet in charge of Economic issues and relationships with UNDP of the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (MFAC).

In 2001 Mr Belhaj became a Counsellor at the Department of Europeans Affairs at the MFAC, in charge of the France Desk, after which he served as Counsellor at the Mission of Morocco to the European Communities, in charge of the follow up and implementation of the Agreement between Morocco and European Union, and relations with NATO, then Counsellor at the Mission of Morocco to the European Communities (2001-2002).

In 2003 he became Head of the Section for Cooperation with the European Union at the MFAC. From 2005 to 2009 he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco to Italy, then in 2009 he was appointed Director of Financial Affairs and Information Systems and Logistic at the MFAC. Prior to arriving in Serbia, he served as Director of Global Issues at the MFAC.Ambassador Belhaj is a married father of two children.

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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