Morocco has sent a special envoy to lobby African leaders to rejoin the African Union 32 years after it left in a row over Western Sahara.
Taib Fassi Fihri met Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi and said Morocco wants to re-join the AU without any preconditions.
The northern Africa 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 claims Western Sahara as part of its territory, much of which it has occupied since 1975.
But the AU recognises Western Sahara as an independent state.
Morocco is the only African country not to be an AU member.
Morocco had insisted that it would only join the OAU/AU on the condition that the membership of SADR was withdrawn or frozen in spite of the fact that the Sahrawi republic's membership was only partially recognised internationally.
Morocco special envoy Taieb Fassi Fihri said King Mohamed VI considers Kenya as an honest and neutral broker who can partner with his country in achieving peace and security in the continent.
Mr Taieb made the remarks this morning when he paid a courtesy call on President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
“All we want is our membership to be reinstated without pre-conditions. We want to be part and parcel of the African Union as we want to work for all people,” said the special envoy.
He said Morocco believes in the strong leadership of President Kenyatta and that’s why King Mohammed VI of Morocco would like Kenya’s support in his country’s efforts to be reintegrated back to the African Union.
“The Moroccan leadership is very optimistic and hopeful on your leadership as a neutral and honest broker on this issue,” said the special envoy.
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.He replaced long-time leader Mohamed Abdelaziz who died in May.