Morocco is expected to host the 7th summit of Heads of State of the Arab Maghreb Union in 2019.
Rabat – The AMU secretary-general, Taieb Baccouche, said that the foreign ministers of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) received invitations to a meeting in Tunis in preparation for the summit, according to La Presse.
The news outlet added that Algeria, Libya, Tunisia, and Mauritania accepted the AMU’s invitation.
All members also expressed their determination to host AMU’s Council of Foreign Ministers.
Baccouche said that Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita “affirmed” Morocco’s willingness to “host the work of the 7th summit of the AMU on the 30th anniversary of its creation.”
The AMU meeting is in line with King Mohammed VI’s call to ensure better cooperation between Maghreb countries.
On the 43rd anniversary of the Green March, King Mohammed VI called for a joint mechanism of dialogue and consultation with Algeria to break the stalemate between Morocco and Algeria, which hampers the Maghreb unity project.
In response, Algeria emphasized the need for an emergency meeting of the council of foreign ministers of the AMU. Morocco’s eastern neighbor, however, did not answer Morocco’s dialogue initiative.
Algeria’s lack of response urged Morocco to ask for a direct answer. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Morocco remains “open and optimistic” about the future of relations with Algeria and that the recent Algerian request for a meeting of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) foreign ministers is “unrelated to the royal initiative.”
The ministry added that Morocco’s offer is “purely bilateral, while the Algerian approach is part of the revival of regional construction.”