Media Predict Morocco’s Imminent Return to AU  

kagame-marocThe 27th Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union scheduled July 17- 18 in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, will be marked, according to several media, by a major event: the much awaited return of Morocco, a founding member the predecessor of the African Union, the Organization of African unity.

The visit of the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame to Morocco, last June 20 and 21, during which he was received by King Mohammed VI and the tour conducted recently by Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar and other emissaries and advisors of the Moroccan sovereign in several African countries are all indicators of Morocco’s imminent return to the pan-African organization.

So far, Rabat has not made any official comment on the press reports about an eventual return to AU, but several concurring sources claim that Morocco is indeed determined to end its policy of the empty chair observed for nearly 32 years in African bodies.

Experts in geostrategic issues and territorial disputes deem that this policy of the empty chair has ultimately benefited the other parties, the Polisario and Algeria, which have had free hands during this long period to impose their viewpoints and assert their claims in the African continent.

It’s high time Morocco changed the tune, particularly that since the enthronement of King Mohammed VI, many brotherly and friendly African countries, which support unreservedly Morocco in its territorial dispute with neighboring Algeria and the Polisario over Western Sahara, have been calling the Kingdom to assume its rightful place within the African fold.

It is therefore possible that Morocco’s decision to return to the AU be formalized at the AU summit in Kigali.

Morocco, which left the Organization of African Unity in November 1984, following the admission of the ghostly Sahrawi republic “SADR”, would be making a wise decision if it returns to the organization it co-founded.

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