Morocco reiterates Interest to Join ECOWAS

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Morocco has reiterated its interest to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at the opening ceremony of the first Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja.

Addressing ECOWAS Members of Parliament in Plenary, Deputy Speaker of the Moroccan House of Representative, Hon. Rachid El Abdi, described Morocco as a country committed to Africa.

He further said Morocco employs a win-win situation and mutual respect in its approach with other countries, noting that regional integration is fundamental and an underlying tool for development.

Hon. Abdi said in efforts to deepen regional integration Morocco has expressed interest to join the ECOWAS where it has played an observer role for some years. Addressing the media at the close of the opening ceremony, Speaker Moustapha Cisse Lo said the legislature will consider the matter of Morocco’s interest to join ECOWAS in the ongoing session, as an agenda item in its work programme.

Emphasizing the need for parliamentary diplomacy, Speaker Cisse Lo said for Africa to be united and prosperous, countries must partner with neighboring countries, as is the case of the ECOWAS Parliament’s relations with Morocco’s House of Representatives.

Resulting from that relationship, the Speaker disclosed that it includes an MoU for capacity building of staff and Members of ECOWAS Parliament.

He further added that the session will dialogue on Morocco’s reiteration of interest to join the West African Community “when parliamentarians are free to give their sentiments on the matter”.

Source: ECOPARL News

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