King Mohammed VI cancels participation in ECOWAS Summit due to the presence of Netanyahu
King Mohammed VI had planned to on 3 and 4 June to visit Monrovia to attend the 51st ECOWAS Summit, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and international cooperation through a statement. The members of ECOWAS Summit will decide on the admission of Morocco as a full member of the regional bloc.
During this Royal visit were met with the president of Liberia, talks with ECOWAS Heads of State and a speech at the top of the organisation planned, added the statement.
In recent days, however the main ECOWAS Member States decided to reduce their representation level on top due to their disagreement on the invitation of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, the statement said, Noting that other Member States also expressed their surprise about this invitation.
On the last ECOWAS meeting in Nigeria is held, Netanyahu was officially invited to this Summit to talk about Israeli developments in agriculture.
"Her Majesty the King does not want his first presence at an ECOWAS Summit takes place in a context of tension and controversy, and wants to avoid confusion", the statement said.
In February, Morocco submitted a formal request to become a member of ECOWAS. While the request was supported by several West African countries such as Senegal, Burkina Fasso and Niger, it was seen as a further step in Algeria by Morocco for its eastern neighbour to isolate in Africa, reports Moroccoworldnews.
Morocco's wish to take part in this West African grouping comes a month after it in January of the year as a full member of the African Union was inaugurated.