FM SAYS WEST AFRICA PRIORITY FOR MOROCCO

RABAT, Morocco has always made West Africa a priority in African politics, said Nasser Bourita, Morocco's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation, on Wednesday.

Speaking to Radio French International (RFI), Bourita spoke about Morocco's request to join the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) as a full-fledged member.

Morocco is the number one investor in this region. Morocco has participated in many peace-keeping and crisis management operations [in West Africa], Bourita said.

Asked about Morocco's African policy, Bourita, said: The human and religious ties between Morocco and West Africa are deeply rooted. The economic presence of Morocco in this zone is also very strong.

In February, during the Moroccan king's tour of the continent, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Co-operation Salaheddine Mezouar informed the President of Ecowas of Morocco's interest in joining the sub-regional grouping.

Founded in 1975 following the Treaty of Lagos in Nigeria, Ecowas is a 15-member grouping comprising Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d' Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Togo.

Geographically, Morocco is in the west of Africa. So all the elements are there to support its candidacy, added Bourita.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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