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President Buhari & King Mohammed VI of Morocco during his visit to Nigeria

The Kingdom of Morocco, a North African country, has officially requested to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as a full member.

This was disclosed in a statement by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, APA reports.

The statement said Morocco has informed President of Liberia and Chairman of the 15-member West African bloc, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of “its interest to join the regional grouping as a full member” a statement from the ministry said.

This request is in line with provisions of ECOWAS founding treaty and in full satisfaction of its membership criteria, it asserted.

According to Morocco, its move comes “to crown the strong political, human, historical, religious and economic ties at all levels with ECOWAS member countries.”

It said these links were reinforced over the last few years, through the king’s 23 visits to 11 countries in the region.

The statement said these visits were crowned by the signing of several hundred agreements, which gave a “strong” impetus to bilateral cooperation with the 15 member countries of the regional bloc.

Morocco also maintains institutional relations with ECOWAS, through an observer status, which has been in place for several years.

Morocco has participated in several meetings of the organization and has contributed to its activities, particularly in areas relating to peace and stability, the statement added.

The desire to join ECOWAS is also part of the royal vision for regional integration, as a key to Africa’s economic take-off, and is in line with the African policy of King Mohammed VI, reflected by the return of the kingdom to the African Union (AU), the statement concluded.

The country was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU) after decades of voluntary withdrawal from the continental body.

The country embarked on diplomatic shuttles to many African countries, including Nigeria and Senegal to mend sour relations and to seek support of the countries for its admittance into AU.

Credit: APA | NAN

24 Comments

  1. a

    February 25, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Will they change the name to Economic Community of West and North African States?

    Jokers.

  2. Anon

    February 25, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Will they change the name to Economic Community of West and North African States?

    Jokers.

    • mimi

      February 26, 2017 at 12:14 am

      It will be economic community of west african stater and morocco, lol

  3. Anon

    February 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    BN please delete the first comment. Submitted quickly without fully typing Anon. Ta.

  4. nnenne

    February 25, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Why don’t they mimic ECOWAS in North Africa?

  5. clementine

    February 26, 2017 at 12:40 am

    To think the North Africans at one time wanted to join European Union. ECOWAS must have done something good. Anyway they should welcome them o. Morrocco is doing well economically and they are investing in the sub region i.e Cote d ivore,Togo & Senegal etc

    • jomiwell

      February 26, 2017 at 5:14 am

      ACTUALY: prob has more to do with Saudi Arabia extending influence than anything! And preventing a Subsahara superstate emerging on the continet that is not Egypt and that is strong enough to unite the enitre subsahara region! Against the berbers! Makes sence why all of a sudden the lets hang out with the black African interests,

      They fear that even at the herbivore paste african minds operate on pretty soon we will realise and connect the dots on why it seems in the past 1500 years africa has been missing almost entirely from History books, and we will figure the culprits out!

      THEY CANT ALLOW THAT FOR VERY OBVIOUS REPRUCUTIONARY REASONS!!!

      You control Nigeria you control Subsahara African. Simple as dat. and even though an Aboki is currently dellighting in the news of reinforcement FROM morrocan berbers, they will only enjoy it in the short run then they 2 will be exposed to the severe racism that is customed in countries like Morrroco, Mauratania Sudan and Chad, i presume there still enough African bloods living in Nigeria to comprehend the terrible concequences of Morroco an islamic Arab country joining the sphere of influence in West Africa. WE MUST RESIST AT ALL POSSIBLE COSTS.

    • Lacey

      February 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

      @My dear clementine, they were forming EU, but EU did not accept them , so now they have to go back to their roots!!!

    • Nour-Eddine63

      February 26, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      @Lacey: I am moroccan and I agree with you. We made mistake and we recognize it. And, this is exactly what makes us “Strong”: to recognize our own errors. King of Morocco is trying his best to integrate Morocco in its Natural Family and believe me, he spent last decade to convince us, moroccan, that our family is Africa. We have finally understood but better late than never.

    • amaa

      February 26, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      I am glad they are finally coming around. I don’t understand why I am African should need a visa to go to Morocco and an American who is thousands of miles away will hop on the plane . United Africa is a formidable force. imagine all the destination wedding in Dubai goes to Morocco the trade across And within Africa needs to be encouraged

  6. Lolarae

    February 26, 2017 at 4:37 am

    It is not a bad idea but north africans have always seen themselves as non part of africa.
    and they tend to be very islamic and ECOWAS isnt those are my concerns.

    • Yusuf Idi ECOWAS COM NIG

      February 26, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      My friend keep religion aside let is tolk of development,spcialy,politicaly n economically.if one understands his or her mistakes,let us forget n forgive and move Africa Before d world.thanks.Am yusuf idi hong from ECOWAS COMMISSION NIG.

  7. jomiwell

    February 26, 2017 at 4:49 am

    For me i would have approved more if the North of Nigeria separated and moved join Arab league. We dont need anymore arab i fluence in subsahara Africa. MUSLIMS are annoying on a unbeleavable level not to mention unbearable, Especially Arab muslims who all their mothers give birth through their Rectums (**inside joke**) but they still pray 5 times a day!

    My point is we dont need any more Arab influence in subsahara.

    • jomiwell

      February 26, 2017 at 4:58 am

      By the way for chiefly Educational purpose let me just go ahead and remind eryone that – Fullanis are the original inhabitants of the Morrocan dessert and not those syrian looking white berber arabs there today. Now ask yourself what cause the fullanis to shift from their homeland and now look where their situated today today….pilling in with the rest among us, barely fitting in.

      Me i always say! A gud arab weather black skinned or Light skinned as far as i maybe concerned is a ***Dead Arab*** Holla my people if you agree with me!

  8. Abeg

    February 26, 2017 at 5:38 am

    Let us respect what ECOWAS stands for. Morocco can join AU if they want. Joining ECOWAS just means visa free movement for them. Let us not be blinded by the needs of today without considering the costs of tomorrow. These are the same people that in public will deny they have anything to do with Africa. I think it’s high time we start respecting ourselves and stop jumping at every pot of porridge that is riddled with bones.

    • Nour-Eddine63

      February 26, 2017 at 11:50 am

      What are you talking about ABEG. Morocco is in Africa and we moroccan, are african.

  9. Awkward

    February 26, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Morocco should stay in her lane!

  10. Susie

    February 26, 2017 at 6:17 am

    seems like this guy has taken over from Ghaddafi’s dream to be King of Africa. He’s been making a lot of trips across Africa of late. whatever happens i hope Africa gets it together & unites because with the way things are going on in the States & Europe, it’s obvious that a new world order is coming & it will be very sad for whoever ends up at the bottom of that world order.

  11. Nour-Eddine63

    February 26, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Morocco in Arabic is “Maghreb” and it means “West”. So, no need to change the name! By the way, I am moroccan and will be proud to be part of your (our) ECOWAS community. As you know, we feel african, we are african and we are doing all we can to PROVE it. Thank you and have a nice day. Your Brother from Casablanca.

  12. Ade Sammie

    February 26, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I don’t understand Africa anymore. How will a North Africa country opt to join a community of West African countries. It doesn’t make sense

    • Nour-Eddine63

      February 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      @Ade Sammie: It is very easy. Africa is a continent and Morocco is in Africa. So, it is very logic and makes sens that Morocco joins the ECOWAS. We have just to try to build “AFRICA” without North, West, East, Central nor South. That is exactly what we have to prepare for our next generations.

  13. Yusuf Idi ECOWAS COM NIG

    February 26, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    My friend let us keep religion aside,if u bring such word it tend to divide n distroy society,let us tolk of economic,pplitically n social aspect of life.Africa most be one,let us be united we stand not divided we fall.

  14. ugochi

    February 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    the idea is simply to stop Western Sahara from within instead of fighting from outside. It’s not going to be easy for other Africans to hop on a plane and head to Morocco. let’s also discuss the migrants stuck in the country. I hope this new move brings plenty justice, fairness and corporation among Africans. By the way, the country is very beautiful and the King is turning the tides. love him.

  15. missnk

    February 28, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    they should kukuma form ECONAS and leave us alone. The AU is there, they should start there first.

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