“Women are frequently targeted.”

Image: Cigarette Poster from 1924 by Gaspar Camps (1874–1942): painter, illustrator and poster artist of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco; one of the greatest Spanish Jugendstil illustrators.

From Wikipedia:

“Morocco-Egypt relations refers to the bilateral relations between the kingdom of Morocco and the Arab Republic of Egypt. Since independence, the two nations have maintained warm relations. Both countries are members of the Arab League, GAFTA, WTO, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Council of Arab Economic Unity and the UN.

In 1999, Egypt renewed its support for Morocco’s territorial integrity. “Egypt has always backed Morocco’s efforts to perfect its territorial integrity,” Egyptian deputy minister of foreign affairs, Jamal-Eddine Bayoumi told Moroccan daily Al-Mounaataf, referring to Morocco’s recuperation of Western Sahara. Bayoumi also stressed the need for Morocco and Egypt to consolidate trade relations among Arab states.

Morocco and Egypt are both signers of the Agadir Agreement for the Establishment of a Free Trade Zone between the Arabic Mediterranean Nations, signed in Rabat, Morocco on 25 February 2004. The agreement aimed at establishing a free trade area between Jordan, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco and it was seen as a possible first step in the establishment of the Euro-Mediterranean free trade area as envisaged in the Barcelona Process. They are also founding members of GAFTA, a pact made by the Arab League to achieve a complete Arab economic bloc that can compete internationally.”

Toms Dumpis reported for Morocco World News on Mar 5, 2021:

“Rabat – As the United Kingdom braces for a post-Brexit economy, British newspapers increasingly see the new direct shipping route between the UK and Morocco as some sort of salvation.

The freight ferry service will travel between Poole in Dorset, England, and Tanger Med in northern Morocco. The news of the UK-Morocco shipping route has been confirmed by Poole Harbour Commissioners.

The service will reportedly cut the journey for goods traveling between Britain and Morocco to fewer than three days, compared to the six days it took before. Poole Harbour Commissioners explained that the route will “help bypass post-Brexit traffic congestion and additional import procedures on goods arriving via Europe.”

Until now, maritime trade between the two countries took place via two crossings, a shipping route from the UK to Spain followed by a journey from Spain to Morocco.

Nigel Jenney, CEO of the Fresh Produce Consortium, explained that “the route offers a rapid service and avoids the additional tariff complications of trading via the EU since the beginning of the year.”

“At this challenging time, it’s a very welcome alternative to the increasing complexity of trading with Europe.” “.

Dr Amr Darrag, chairman of the Egyptian Institute for Studies (EIS) and former minister of planning and international cooperation, Egypt, wrote in The Guardian of 11 Feb 2021:

“…Ten years on from the beginning of the Arab spring, the general-turned-president Sisi, endorsed by the free world, has made Egypt almost unliveable. There are more than 60,000 political prisoners. Mass trials and death sentences – including for children – are increasingly common. There is torture, enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings. There is no free expression, no political space. Women are frequently targeted. Should we “accept” this reality? After all of this, for many, Mubarak’s Egypt now seems like heaven.

The country is united in the belief that if the international community was not responsible for the overthrow of President Morsi, then it is now complicit in the murder, torture, and wholesale abolition of rights that characterise Sisi’s regime. It must accept the part it has played in allowing this to happen. It must know that even if it chooses to look away, the Egyptian people will never, ever forget what has been allowed to happen.

With the benefit of hindsight, everyone now knows that supporting the military coup of 2013 was a mistake. What we needed most of all then was to unite, as a nation, to restore democracy in Egypt, regardless of political difference. Before anything else, we needed to take the democratic path together, arm in arm. And we did not.

But the hope that we all had on the evening of 11 February 2011, when Mubarak was forced to step down, remains. It might look small, but it is there, beneath the surface, in the hearts of the Egyptian people. Given an opportunity, it will one day make itself known, and I believe that day is coming soon. The desire for freedom is strong. It can never be extinguished. This is what history has always told us.”

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