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ECOWAS concludes summit without deciding on Morocco’s accession

Morocco’s accession to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) remains in abeyance as this topic was not on the agenda of the summit that has just ended on Saturday in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

It was expected, however, that the leaders present would vote on the country’s accession to the 54th Ordinary Summit of ECOWAS.

Morocco applied to ECOWAS after joining the African Union in January 2017. Its membership was approved in principle at the ECOWAS summit in June 2017 in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.

A study on the impact of the country’s membership was then conducted and the result was submitted to West African leaders at the 52nd Summit in December 2017 in Abuja, where leaders are not reached a conclusion.

ECOWAS currently consists of 15 West African countries, none of which share borders with Morocco, a country in North Africa.

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