Burkina Faso has welcomed Morocco’s bid to join the Economic Community of West African States as a full member.
Alpha Barry, Burkina Faso’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a meeting with his Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat that his country welcomes Morocco’s request to join ECOWAS.
The North African country is hoping to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) after the African Union readmitted Morocco after a 33-year absence in January.
Mohamed VI had been due to attend the ECOWAS summit in Monrovia on Saturday and Sunday, where members are expected to discuss Morocco’s petition to join the bloc as a “full member”, the foreign ministry said late Thursday.
According to a statement by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Barry explained his country’s support for Morocco’s bid by the fact that the kingdom belongs to the same geographical area as the ECOWAS countries, Africa.
Morocco made an official request to join the bloc in February, and has been since then campaigning to win the member states’ approval.