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Morocco Rejoins AU, Hopes on Increasing Africa’s International Influence | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A general view shows the headquarters of the African Union (AU) building in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen officially welcomed the rejoining of Morocco to the African Union (AU), as an effective and active member state on Monday.

Dr. Al-Othaimeen also commended the efforts shown at the AU’s session 8 being held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, which concluded to granting Morocco’s right to play a role effectually within a united African continent.

The Secretary General expressed the hope that the return of Morocco in the African body would improve African influence on an international level and would facilitate resolution of critical challenges facing the continent.

Dr. Al-Othaimeen also applauded Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat on his election as the new AU Commission Chairperson at the Addis Ababa summit.

Dr. Al-Othaimeen commended the incoming Chairperson for his known wisdom, competence and experience, and expressed hope that he will steer commission affairs to greater heights towards—bringing about a more prosperous, stable and peaceful continent in years to come.

The Secretary General recalled the existing bilateral cooperation between the OIC and the AU and looked forward to working closely with Mahamat and the commission towards developing partnership in all areas.
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