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Morocco's King reaches out to Africa


Morocco seems more determined than ever to return to the African Union 32 years after quitting the bloc.

King Mohammed VI, who was speaking on Sunday during a visit to Senegal, said his country intended to, “regain its natural place” in Africa.

“Morocco’s return to the African Union is not a tactical decision, nor is it motivated by passing considerations. It is a rational decision, taken after careful thought. When we announced our return, we were not asking for anyone’s permission to exercise our legitimate right.
In any case, Morocco is returning to its natural place and is supported by an overwhelming majority to reclaim its seat within the African institutional family”, the king said.

Mohammed VI delivered the annual speech usually given at home in Dakar to show great interest in the continent, while firmly maintaining the “unshakeable Moroccan identity of the Western Sahara”.

Morocco has occupied Western Sahara since 1975 in a move that was not recognized by the International community.

The country’s membership bid must be approved by a vote of the AU Commission in order to be accepted.

The Kingdom is currently on a diplomatic charm offensive across the continent.


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