Middle-east Arab News Opinion | Asharq Al-awsat

King of Morocco Travels to Addis Ababa to Attend AU Summit - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
Select Page

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI arrived in Ethiopia on Saturday morning to participate in the African Union Summit. Morocco is seeking to re-join the continental union after an absence of 32 years.

According to a statement issued by the Moroccan Ministry of Royal Palaces, King Mohammed VI’s visit to Addis Ababa “falls within the framework of the efforts made by King Mohammed VI for the Kingdom of Morocco to re-join the African Union”.

The African Union’s 28th summit is scheduled to take place on the 30th and 31st of January. An official delegation is accompanying the king on this visit and includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco Salaheddine Mezouar. Morocco withdrew from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in September 1984 in protest at the union’s acceptance of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic’s membership. However, Morocco has a special status within the AU, the organisation’s successor which was established in July 2001, and benefits from the services available to all AU states from the institutions of the AU. The union currently has 54 member states.

The return of Morocco to the African Union is one of the most important topics on the 28th AU summit’s agenda. The matter necessitates a vote by the African heads of state. Morocco expressed its desire to re-join the AU after winning the support of 40 out of 54 countries, but influential countries in Africa like Algeria and South Africa could put obstacles in its way.

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat

Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

More Posts

Follow Me:
FacebookGoogle PlusYouTube