Tuesday, June 06, 2017

King of Morocco stays away from African summit

The King of Morocco did not attend the 51st Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on 2 - 4 June in protest at the presence of Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. However, Morocco, which is pushing to become a full member of the body, only has observer status. In spite of reports (such as this Middle East Monitor item) that African states had downgraded their representation at the summit, 12 out of 15 heads of states attended.

 King of Morocco Mohammed V

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry yesterday stated that King Mohammed VI has cancelled his attendance of the 51st Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) because Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also been invited.

In a statement the ministry said King Mohammed VI had planned to visit the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on 3-4 June to attend the 51st ECOWAS Summit, which was expected to examine Morocco’s request to join the regional group as a full member.

The statement added that, “During this Royal visit, a meeting with the President of Liberia, talks with ECOWAS Heads of State and a speech at the Summit were all scheduled.”

However, over the last few days, major ECOWAS member states have decided to reduce their level of representation at the summit, to the bare minimum, due to their disagreement with the invitation handed to the Israeli prime minister. The statement also noted that other member states also expressed their astonishment at this invitation.

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Anonymous said...

EOZ has a link to Bibi's speech, along with a transcript: http://elderofziyon.blogspot.com/2017/06/bibis-speech-at-ecowas-africa-israel.html
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Leaders of West Africa agreed in principle for the accession of the North African country to join the bloc given the strong and multidimensional ties of cooperation. Ecowas is made up of 15 West African nations, none of which shares a border with Morocco. However, the implications of its membership still needed to be considered before Morocco could formally join. King Mohamed VI had been due to attend the ECOWAS summit in Monrovia on Saturday and Sunday which Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended, but cancelled the visit.