Morocco to Return to African Union after 32 Years of Absence

Baku, July 18, AZERTAC

Morocco has decided to return to African Union (AU), according to Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Alyoum. “A diplomatic source approached by Akhbar Al Yaoum has confirmed the desire of Morocco to resume his seat in the pan-African organization,” the paper reported, according to Morocco World News.

The African Union, which replaced the Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 2001, includes all 54 African states besides Morocco that are members of the United Nations. Morocco decided to withdraw from the continental organization in 1984 after the OAU accepted the self-proclaimed Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (RASD) as full-fledged member state.

According to the same source, this historic move is anticipated to be announced during the 27th AU Summit scheduled to take place in Rwandan capital of Kigali on July 17-18.

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