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HM King Mohammed VI chaired, Monday at the royal palace in Casablanca, a council of ministers, said a statement read out by spokesman of the royal palace, Abdelhak Lamrini.

At the beginning of Council's proceedings, HM the King, Commander of the Faithful, tackled the subject of the exercise by women of the profession of adoul. The Sovereign recalled that he had instructed the minister of Justice to examine the matter and forward it to the Higher Council of Ulema to deliver an opinion on it.

After learning about the opinion of the Council authorizing women to exercise the profession of adoul, in accordance with the provisions of the Shariah relating to testimony (shahada) and its different types, and the religious constants of Morocco, firstly the principles of the Malekite rite, and in consideration of the high level of training and scientific culture acquired by women and the qualification, competence and ability they have shown in the various high positions they have taken.

On this basis, HM the King has instructed the minister of Justice to open up the profession of adoul to women, and to take the necessary measures to achieve this goal.

Subsequently, HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, approved a draft decree for the reorganization of the Auxiliary Forces and the definition of the special status of their members, as well as the relevant implementing texts, which testifies to the high solicitude of the Sovereign for members of the Auxiliary Forces.

This project, developed in accordance with the high royal instructions, aims to modernize and upgrade these Forces and to promote their situation through the establishment of a new structure, the strengthening of the central services at the level of the two general inspections, the setting up of a coordination and monitoring mechanism between them and the access of their members to the necessary social protection.

In this regard, HM the King has approved three draft decrees relating respectively to the organization of the central and deconcentrated services of the administration of the Auxiliary Forces, to the definition of the modalities of application of the special status of its members and to the reorganization of the Auxiliary Forces executive training School.

Furthermore, and after the presentation by the minister delegate for the Administration of National Defense, of a draft decree setting up a remuneration for services rendered by "the central establishment of management and storage of materials", under the authority of the national Defense Administration, HM the King, Supreme Commander and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, has decided not to approve this project. The Sovereign considers that the release of used military equipment within the national territory could undermine the integrity and safety of citizens, and to avoid negative effects that have marked similar experiences in some countries.

In accordance with the provisions of article 49 of the Constitution and on the proposal of the head of government and the initiative of the minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Sovereign has appointed to the central administration of the ministry:

Fouad Yazough, ambassador director general of bilateral relations,
Anas Khalis, ambassador director of the Protocol,
Abdelkader El Ansari, ambassador director of Asia-Oceania Affairs.

In order to strengthen Morocco's accession to regional and international bodies, in keeping with its commitments in this area, and to promote and broaden its bilateral relations with brotherly and friendly countries, the Council of ministers has approved ten international conventions, including two multilateral ones.

These two conventions concern hygiene standards in shops and offices accredited by the International Labor Organization and the protocol on forced labor adopted by the said Organization.

Bilateral conventions include areas of economic, trade and customs cooperation, international road transport, air services and social security, in addition to a memorandum of understanding in the field of housing.