Rabat keen to rejoin executive board following UNESCO humilation
After losing its seat on UNESCO's executive board in November, Moroccan diplomacy is working to wipe the slate clean and prepare its return to the UN body.
Eager to boost his country's influence, the French president wants to attract international institutions and private foundations active in development aid to Paris. Among the major organisations being courted are the World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education.
Publicly, Morocco is maintaining an aggressive diplomatic stance towards Germany by refusing to accredit its new representative in Rabat. But privately, it is busy resurrecting cooperation programmes and striving to avoid a European backlash.