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Abidjan keen on facilitating Morocco’s AU return

“Today Cote d’Ivoire feels that Morocco’s place is within the African Union,” Ivory Coast’s senior Foreign Minister, Charles Koffi Diby said on the sidelines of the release of the final declaration at the end of King Mohamed VI’s official visit to the West African country.

‘’Our wish is to see Morocco back in the pan-African organization,” the head of the Ivorian diplomacy emphasized, making it clear that Morocco is a founding member of the OAU.

“Cote d’Ivoire is all set to work for Morocco’s return to the AU,” Mr. Diby who was sitting next to his Moroccan counterpart, Saad Dine El Otmani reiterated.

As a founding member of the OAU in 1963 in Addis Ababa, Morocco poses as a conditional to its return to the continental organization, the recognition of the inviolability of its borders, which means the acknowledgment of Western Sahara as an integral part of the kingdom.

“My present visit to Cote d’Ivoire, the first of its kind is special to me, since it seals the renewal of our ties and exemplifies our common project for the future,” King Mohammed VI said on Tuesday at an official dinner reception held in his honor.

The monarch said his trip was meant as a renewal of the ties “between two brotherly countries, which are proud of the historic, unique and exemplary relations dating back to our independence, and built on the bedrock of mutual trust and friendship.”

According to the monarch, “the esteemed architects’ of these ties were the founding fathers, my late grandfather His Majesty King Mohamed V, my late father His Majesty King Hassan II and late President Felix Houphouet-Boigny. May God grand them mercy and settle them in His paradise” the king said.

Cote d’Ivoire and Morocco on Tuesday signed six agreements on various fields of cooperation.

These agreements were penned by the two countries’ ministers in charge of the cooperation sectors in the presence of President Alassane Ouattara and King Mohamed VI.

Mohamed VI arrived on Tuesday afternoon in Abidjan for his first official visit to Cote d’Ivoire since his enthronement.

He was looking to take advantage of his trip to strengthen friendship and bilateral cooperation with the West African nation.

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