The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has given its agreement in principle to Morocco’s request to join the regional grouping.
This was highlighted in the final communiqué of the 51st Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.
Leaders of West Africa agreed in principle for the accession of the North African country to join the bloc given the strong and multidimensional ties of cooperation.
However, the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join.
King Mohamed VI had been due to attend the ECOWAS summit in Monrovia on Saturday and Sunday which Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended, but cancelled the visit.
Morocco’s application comes after it rejoined the African Union in January.
Ecowas is made up of 15 West African nations, none of which shares a border with Morocco.