18th – 22th June

The “Forum d’investissement et de coopération entrepreneuriale Espagne-Maroc” is another step in strengthening relations between Morocco and Spain: it has as main objective to promote the development of investment projects and cooperation between the two countries through the identification of partners and extensive knowledge of the market.

A Syrian pilot received political asylum after landing his MiG fighter jet to Jordan. The Syrian Ministry of Defense said that the pilot is a “traitor” and that the Syrian authorities are in contact with the Jordanian government to recover the aircraft.

A study by the Pew Research Center published in June, the popularity of Barack Obama dropped by 9 points in the Muslim countries between 2009 and 2012 from 33% to 24% approval rating. In these countries, only 15% of those polled now approving international actions carried out by Barack Obama.

Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud became the prince heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia in October 2011, after the death of his brother Sultan. He had been Interior minister since 1975 and has successfully protected the kingdom from danger the “Arab Spring” and activists of the Muslim Brotherhood.

U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, has intensified contacts with Israeli and Palestinian officials during the last week to persuade them to return to the negotiating table, starting with a high-level meeting between the Deputy Israeli Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.