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Morocco can be “Real Asset” for AU (Indian Daily)

New Delhi  -  
The return of Morocco to the African Union (AU) can be “a real asset” for the pan-African organization, Indian daily “The Times of India” pointed out in an article published in its website.

Commenting Morocco’s formal announcement of its intention to re-join the AU, the Indian daily noted that “Morocco deserves to be reintegrated into AU for several reasons”.

“First, over the last few years Morocco has been at the forefront of championing South-South cooperation in Africa. Under the paradigm of ‘African solutions for African problems’ the kingdom has facilitated economic partnerships with a host of sister African nations to catalyse shared prosperity,” the source said.

“If Africa is to realise its potential as the next engine of global growth, it must learn to stand on its own feet. This is precisely what Morocco has been advocating and other African nations would do well to learn from the kingdom’s example,” the Indian daily stressed.

“Second, Morocco has also been playing a crucial role in enhancing African stability,” the source added, noting that “the best example of this is the part it played in hosting rival Libyan factions for UN-backed unity talks.”

“And as a result of those talks, a government of national unity is taking shape in Libya and slowly establishing its authority in that country. Given the chaos that had wracked Libya in the aftermath of the downfall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Morocco’s role in trying to ensure a semblance of Libyan stability is certainly praiseworthy,” the source went on.

“Add to this the fact that Morocco has substantial connections with European nations and the US, and it’s easy to see how the kingdom can be a real asset for AU. Taken together, if Africa is to truly emerge as a global bright-spot – something it is poised to do – it must leave behind the baggage of the past and look to the future. And reintegrating Morocco into the AU is a crucial part of that process,” The Times of India said.

“Morocco has always been African. It has never lost touch with its African roots nor broken its friendship with other African nations. If anything, those relations have grown stronger over the decades. Thus, at a time when Morocco wants to come back to the AU family, the pan-African body should welcome it with open arms,” the Indian daily pointed out.

Last modified : 28 July 2016

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