Morocco requests to join African Union, after departing 30 years ago

The African Union will deliberate how to go about re-integrating Morocco into the African Union, after the north African country expressed their desire to return.

In an official statement released on Tuesday, the AU clarified that Morocco didn't attend the summit which was held in Kigali. However, the statement said the following:

"President Idriss Deby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad and current Chairperson of the African Union informed the Chairperson of the AU Commission, H.E Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, that he had received a correspondence from the King of Morocco, H.M. Mohammed VI, regarding the intention of Morocco to join the African Union (AU)."

702's John Robbie spoke to Southern African Editor of The Africa Report, Crystal Orderson, to discuss the matter.

Listen to the interview below:

Western Sahara is one issue that the African Union has not dealt with... This is not going to be a smooth path for Morocco to re-join the African Union.

Crystal Orderson, The Africa Report

In 1984, Morocco opted to leave the supranational body after the decision to recognise Western Sahara as an independent state and granted it membership.

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