Morocco Announced Part Of African Union Again After Three Decades Absence

March 18, 2023 10:21 pm5 commentsViews: 103

After more than thirty years Morocco has again joined the African Union bloc. King Mohammed VI said at the bloc’s summit in Ethiopia’s Addis-Ababa, “When a body is sick, it is treated more effectively from the inside than from the outside.”

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Morocco left AU in 1984 protesting the seating of the Polisario Front as representatives of SADR (Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic), which is a former Spanish colony in western Sahara and the country always claim it to be its part.

The King added, “It is a beautiful day when one returns home after too long of an absence.”

He informed the AU bloc at 2016’s summit in Rwanda’s Kigali of the intention of returning back and 54 countries voted in favor of it.

However, the SADR dispute is still unresolved, but over the absence period the country has expanded its economic ties with several African countries through trade, investments and other ways including humanitarian.

During the Ebola outbreaks some two years ago in western African countries like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone the Royal Air Maroc, Morocco’s national carrier, continued its flight service to the affected countries when other international air carriers suspended flights over contagion fears.

Royal Air Maroc spokesman said the decision to maintain regular schedule was based on humanitarian grounds.

In 2007 Morocco had 14 flights to African destinations and now it has been increased to 32, more than double.


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