Palestinians, whether official or business, will not attend the Bahrain workshop. Seven Arab states will nevertheless take part; so will some international organisations. The event will not be a resounding success but an embarrassing flop may have been narrowly avoided.
Morocco’s right to exploit the resources of the Western Sahara is contested by Polisario and its supporters. Elsewhere on the Atlantic littoral, Mauritania has cooperated successfully with Senegal over shared water and gas resources.
Festival marking end of Ramadan probably 5 June. Long holidays, traditional family celebrations, a travel boom. Clash with the cricket World Cup. Multiple wars continue.
Kushner briefly visits Morocco and Jordan to boost the deal of the century. Netanyahu’s failure to form a government may have put the kibosh on the timing if not the deal itself.
Western Sahara – UN-sponsored talks look likely to be delayed by the resignation of the Special Envoy. Despite some success for Polisario in opposing exports of phosphates, time is on Morocco’s side.
Morocco – leaders of the 2018 protests in the Rif jailed. Teachers’ protest peters out. Morocco is not Algeria.
Trump moving to blacklist the Muslim brotherhood – likely consequences including Turkey and several Arab states.
– likely date, religious, social and business implications.
Morocco’s tiff with Saudi Arabia over. Pope’s visit demonstrates religious tolerance but causes some controversy.
Annual Arab League summit the usual muddle, given some purpose by the need to badmouth US policy.