Ethiopia: Morocco formally requests to rejoin AU

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The Kingdom of Morocco has officially submitted a request to accede to the African Union (AU) Constitutive Act, and therefore become a Member of the Union, the African Union Commission said in a statement Friday.

Taieb Fassi Fihri, Adviser to King Mohammed VI on Foreign Affairs, informed the AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, of Morocco's decision to rejoin the continental body during a meeting in New York, the AU said.

The two diplomats met on 22 September 2016 for a bilateral meeting on the margin of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

The Adviser informed the Chairperson that Morocco submitted a letter of intent on Thursday, 22 September 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A Moroccan Special Envoy embarked on a mission to popularise Morocco's bid to rejoin the AU, but doubts have remained on whether Morocco would renounce its opposition to AU's unconditional recognition of Western Sahara.

King Mohammed VI wrote a letter to the last AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, expressing Morocco's interest in rejoining the continental body. The AU Commission reacted to the request by urging Morocco to formally agree to recognise the Constitutive Act of the AU, which would effectively make it a member.

An ongoing effort to lobby the AU member states to revoke the membership of Western Sahara has been underway by a group of countries, known as "Friends of Morocco."

Acknowledging receipt, the Chairperson advised the Envoy that due process will be followed, including officially informing Member States, as per the provisions of the AU Constitutive Act.

The Kingdom of Morocco will be officially notified of the outcome.

Meanwhile, the King’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs also informed the Chairperson of plans underway to host COP22, which is scheduled to take place in Marrakech in 2017.
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23 september 2016 14:43:29

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