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Maghreb

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Magrib

(both: mä`grĭb) [Arab.,=the West], Arabic term for NW Africa. It is generally applied to all of MoroccoMorocco
, officially Kingdom of Morocco, kingdom (2015 est. pop. 34,803,000), 171,834 sq mi (445,050 sq km), NW Africa. Morocco is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea (N), the Atlantic Ocean (W), Western Sahara (S), and Algeria (S and E).
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, AlgeriaAlgeria
, Arab. Al Djazair, Fr. Algérie, officially People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, republic (2015 est. pop. 39,872,000), 919,590 sq mi (2,381,741 sq km), NW Africa, bordering on Mauritania, Western Sahara, and Morocco in the west, on the
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, and TunisiaTunisia
, Fr. Tunisie, officially Republic of Tunisia, republic (2015 est. pop. 11,274,000), 63,378 sq mi (164,150 sq km), NW Africa. Occupying the eastern portion of the great bulge of North Africa, Tunisia is bounded on the west by Algeria, on the north and east by the
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 but actually pertains only to the area of the three countries between the high ranges of the Atlas Mts. and the Mediterranean Sea. Some writers also included Spain—especially during its period of Muslim domination—in the definition. Isolated from the rest of the continent by the Atlas Mts. and the Sahara, the Maghreb is more closely related in terms of climate, landforms, population, economy, and history to N Mediterranean areas than to the rest of Africa. The region was united politically only during the first years of Arab rule (early 8th cent.), and again under the Almohads (1159–1229). The Arab Maghreb Union was established in 1989 to promote cooperation and integration among the Arab states of N Africa; its members are Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. Envisioned initially by Muammar al-QaddafiQaddafi, Muammar al-
, 1942–2011, Libyan army officer and dictator. He graduated from the Univ. of Libya in 1963 and became an army officer in 1965. In 1969 he formed, along with a group of fellow officers, a secret revolutionary committee and led (1969) a successful coup
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 as an Arab superstate, the organization is expected eventually to function as a N African common market, although economic and political unrest, especially in Algeria, and political tensions between Algeria and Morocco over Western SaharaWestern Sahara,
territory (2015 est. pop. 526,000), 102,703 sq mi (266,000 sq km), NW Africa, occupied by Morocco. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean in the west, on Morocco in the north, on Algeria in the northeast, and on Mauritania in the east and south.
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 have hindered progress on the union's joint goals.

Maghreb

, Maghrib
NW Africa, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and sometimes Libya
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The first of these, he said, was the socio-economic situation, which necessitates closer co-ordination between the Maghreb nations so that they can deliver the desired level of development for the population.
And after this axis used to affect the Maghreb bloc - whether positively or negatively - it is now affected by it, to the point where no bilateral or multipartite approach ensured the resumption of merely ordinary relations, which are neither problem-free nor the hostage of the problems.
Achieving higher and more inclusive growth in the Maghreb region is thus required to bring down the high unemployment rate, especially among the youth, and to raise living standards.
This Joint Communication, which I discussed with partners during my recent trip to the Maghreb, aims to support our partners in their efforts to take forward Maghreb integration and forms a part of the EU's wider response to recent developments in the region'.
Aujjar's comments came during a seminar 'Bridging the satellite space between the Maghreb and the Mashreq Countries of the Arab world' held as part of the Arab Media Forum 2010.
Chairing the opening of a seminar on "The complementary Maghreb strategy," Taieb Baccouche said that he will launch an invitation for a meeting of Heads of Government of the Maghreb countries which has not convened since the establishment of the AMU in February 1989.
The new bank, with a capital of 500 million dollars, will have as a fundamental mission to finance projects promoting common infrastructures for the five UMA member states - Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania - develop commercial exchanges within the Maghreb area, considering the strong potential of a market of 90 million consumers.
Speaking at the opening session of the third edition of the Maghreb Business Forum, Jouahri said the banking sector is considered a driving force for economic growth, noting the need to establish the basis of a strong financial partnership among the Maghreb countries.
The Algerian Foreign Minister, Mourad Medelci, stated that the security situation in the Arab Maghreb and the Sahel doesn't provide the right circumstances to hold the Maghreb summit that has been postponed indefinitely.
In line with the new constitution, the Moroccan diplomacy puts priority on reinvigorating the Maghreb, added the Minister, who was taking part in a conference themed "the five liberties in the Maghreb, an integration vision," held by the Tunisian presidency.
Summary: Rabat - Morocco is the most stable country in the Maghreb which has been engulfed by a wave of protests, a study on the Maghreb published by the Association For International Affairs has said.