“It is so good to be back home, after having been away for too long! It is a good day when you can show your affection for your beloved home! Africa is my continent, and my home.” Said King Mohammed VI of Morocco while addressing the African union 28th summit in Addis Abba, Ethiopia
King Mohammed Vi was giving his first address to the Au assembly after Morocco was readmitted to the African Union after 33 years absence.
The King said that it was necessary for Morocco to withdraw from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1984 (modern day AU), stating that it Morocco’s action to be refocused on Africa and appreciate the connection with the continent.
Morocco has enjoyed good relations with the African nations despite being absent from the AU for so many years. Since 2000, Morocco has signed nearly a thousand agreements with African countries, in various fields of cooperation according to the King.
Morocco signed an agreement with Nigeria on the Africa Atlantic Gas Pipeline project which will allow natural gas to be transported from gas-producing countries in West Africa to Europe. It will benefit the whole of West Africa. Morocco has also set up fertilizer in Ethiopia and Nigeria.
Morocco has contributed to six UN peace-keeping missions in Africa, engaging thousands of troops in various theaters of operation. Moroccan forces are still present today in CAR and DRC.
as soon as the Kingdom becomes a member and is able to contribute to the agenda of activities, its action will, on the contrary, help bring about unity and progress.
“I am home at last and happily reunited with you. I have missed you all. That is why, My Dear Brothers, Heads of State, I wanted to make this trip and to address you, without waiting for the protocol and legal procedure for the Kingdom to take its place again within the Organization to be finalized.” Said the King
Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania (Maghreb Union) is the least integrated region in the African continent, if not in the whole world.