Rabat - King Mohammed VI won’t attend US-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled to take place next week in Washington, a diplomatic source in Rabat told MWN.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI won’t attend US-Africa Leaders Summit scheduled to take place next week in Washington, a diplomatic source in Rabat told MWN.
It is still unclear whether the reason for King Mohammed VI’s absence from the US-Africa Leaders Summit is related to the ongoing Israeli onslaught against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the U.S.’s unequivocal support for Israel.
But given that King Mohammed VI is President of the Committee al Quds, which is tasked, inter alia, with the defense of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to establish their independent state with Jerusalem as its capital, it is highly likely that King Mohammed VI’s decision is related to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
No communiqué has been issued so far by the royal cabinet on whether or not King Mohammed VI will participate in the US-Africa Summit.
The summit, which was convened by American President Barack Obama, aims at building on the U.S. administration’s progress in focusing on trade and investment in Africa since Obama’s trip there last summer with the aim of highlighting the U.S. commitment to Africa’s security, democratic development, and people.
About 45 heads of state and government are expected to attend the first ever US-Africa Summit.
The Moroccan delegation to the summit will be headed by Prime Minister Abdedlilah Benkirane.