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African Union: Morocco officially requested to re-join continental body

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The African Union (AU) said on Friday that Morocco has officially submitted a request to accede the continental body after more than four decades of isolation. The announcement came after previous efforts to the presence of an accession plan or request were rejected by AU officials.

“An Adviser to King Mohammed VI on Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Morocco, Taieb Fassi Fihri, informed [about the accession request] to the [African Union] Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, when they met on 22 September 2016 in a bilateral meeting in the margin of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly,” the continental body said a statement on Friday. “The Adviser informed the Chairperson that Morocco had submitted the letter of intent on Thursday, 22 September 2016, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He also handed a copy to the Chairperson.”

Dlamini- Zuma said due process will be followed, including officially informing Member States, as per the provisions of the AU Constitutive Act. “The Kingdom of Morocco will be officially notified of the outcome,” the AU statement quoted the Commission Chairperson as saying.

Previously, the AU has rejected a plan or request for the North African nation to re- join the body, which is based in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “The Kingdom of Morocco did not attend or address the 27th Assembly of Heads of State and Government that was held on 17-18 July 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda,” the AU said during the last Summit.