Nigeria praises Morocco’s decision to regain place within AU

Abuja, Dec 2 (IANS/MAP) Praising Morocco’s decision to regain its place within the African Union (AU), Nigeria has described it as a “welcome development”.

“This is a welcome development,” Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama told MAP.

“Morocco is an important country,” he said, adding that “it is not in the interests of either the African Union or Morocco” that the North African country remains outside the regional organisation.

Morocco, a country that has achieved a high level of economic development, has a great contribution to make towards development efforts in the continent, Onyeama said.

King Mohammed VI arrived in Abuja on Thursday on an official visit to Nigeria in the third stage of a tour that also took him to Ethiopia and Madagascar.