After exiting the AU 32 years ago, Morocco is seeking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s support in its quest to rejoin the Africa Union.
The northern African country withdrew from the AU’ predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1984 over the admission of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as a full member of the body.
Morocco is the only African country not to be an AU member.
The AU, however, says it will continue pushing for the rights of Western Sahara to hold a referendum on its self-determination.
But Morocco claims Western Sahara as part of its territory, much of which it has occupied since 1975.
In his meeting with the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, Morocco’s special envoy Taib Fassi Fihri said Morocco wanted its membership reinstated but without any conditions.
“The Moroccan government and King Mohamed VI are very optimistic and hopeful on your leadership as a neutral and honest broker on this issue”, said Taib Fassi Fihri.
Mr. Taib also said Morocco is keen on deepening cordial relations with Kenya in all areas of economic and social development and especially in agriculture, renewable energy and low cost housing projects where it has excelled.
President Kenyatta thanked the Moroccan government for their willingness to be re-admitted to the African Union saying it is only through partnership that solutions to global problems can be reached.
“We have to work together to find solutions to our problems. Kenya believes in not imposing solutions but being an honest broker, we look at how we can be part of the solution and not part of the problem,” said President Kenyatta.