LONDON - Morocco's Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita denied any political stalemate behind King Mohammed VI's non-attendance tomorrow of the 52nd summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja.
"ECOWAS delegation carried out an impact study on Morocco's access to the West African bloc, but it was not ready until December 9. Member states did not have time to go through it. This is why King Mohammed VI will not attend the summit," Bourita told Middle East Online.
ECOWAS is made up of 15 West African member states, none of which shares a border with Morocco.
Morocco expressed its commitment to join a single currency once it will be adopted by the ECOWAS three months after the regional body gave its agreement in principle to Rabat's request to join it.
Bourita insists that the impact study is quite positive for Morocco as it explains the added value that our country will bring to the ECOWAS.
Morocco already enjoys a special status of "privileged strategic partner" of ECOWAS. But the 15 heads of state decided to make the North African kingdom the 16th member state of the economic community, which was supposed to be formalised December 16 at Abuja.
"Due to the delays, there will be an extraordinary meeting between ECOWAS and Morocco to discuss the main points in the beginning of 2018," said Bourita.