Morocco to help Mauritania in artificial rain
Morocco-Mauritania, Politics, 3/8/2005
Morocco will bring technical assistance to a Mauritanian artificial rain program, it was announced at the end of private talks held here this Monday between visiting King Mohammed VI and Mauritania's president Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya.
Given Morocco's successful experience with other countries of the sub-region, the kingdom will extend Mauritania technical assistance to induce artificial rain by cloud seeding.
The two heads of state praised the level reached in relations between the two neighbour and sister countries and stressed that the royal visit, started this Monday, will deepen bilateral ties in various fields and identify new cooperation opportunities.
The sovereign arrived this Monday in Mauritania, part of an African tour that led him successively to Gabon, Burkina Faso and Senegal.
This is the monarch's third visit to the north African country since his enthronement in summer 1999.
The Mauritanian media highlighted the important "timing" of the visit, as it comes in the aftermath of the improvement of relations between Nouakchott and Tripoli thanks to the Moroccan mediation. Libya-Mauritania relations were strained after Mauritania accused Libya of involvement in the June 2003 failed coup attempt.
The two countries are members, together with Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA) which is scheduled to hold a summit-meeting on the sidelines of the Arab Summit slated for March 22-23 in Algiers.
The North African regional grouping, known by its French acronym UMA, was set up in 1989 in Marrakech. Made up of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania, UMA is facing a stalemate due to political differences between member countries, in particular between the two most populated ones, Morocco and Algeria, over the Sahara dispute.
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