Rabat - The return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) is "a historic act, a diplomatic victory and a political success," Belgium’s minister of state and MEP Louis Michel said on Tuesday.
Rabat – The return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) is “a historic act, a diplomatic victory and a political success,” Belgium’s minister of state and MEP Louis Michel said on Tuesday.
Morocco’s reintegration into the AU is indeed “a significant evolution for the Kingdom, but also for the whole of the African continent,” he told MAP, noting that the return of Morocco to the Pan-African organization will enable the AU to set up a self-financing plan.
The AU is still dependent on donors for funding, he added.
The presence of Morocco within the AU will strengthen the voice of the African continent on the international scene and will enhance cooperation between member states, the MEP pointed out.
The recent and numerous trade agreements signed between Morocco and sub-Saharan African countries, including Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon and Guinea seem to confirm this trend and demonstrate the will of Morocco to invest in a long-term continental policy, he added.
Morocco’s return to the AU will also reinforce the partnership between the European Union and Africa, Louis Michel underlined.
An overwhelming majority of African countries voted in favor of Morocco’s return to the African Union (AU), during the 28th Summit of African Heads of State and Government, which was held in the Ethiopian capital.