Morocco, a north African country has officially asked to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a full member.
The country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation in a statement said the plan to join the 15-member West African bloc is in line with provisions of ECOWAS founding treaty and in full satisfaction of its membership criteria.
According to Morocco, the decision was informed by the need “to crown the strong political, human, historical, religious and economic ties at all levels with ECOWAS member countries”.
The kingdom of Morocco has informed, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current chair of ECOWAS of “its interest to join the regional group as a full member” a statement from the ministry said.
Morocco also maintains institutional relations with ECOWAS, through an observer status, which has been in place for several years.
The Kingdom has participated in several meetings of ECOWAS and has contributed to its activities in the past.
The desire to join ECOWAS is also part of the royal vision for regional integration, the government says.
The country was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU) after decades of voluntary withdrawal.
The country was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU) after decades of voluntary withdrawal from the continental body.
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The country embarked on diplomatic shuttles to many African countries, including Nigeria and Senegal to men relations and seek support of the countries for its admittance into the AU.