Morocco wants to join ECOWAS
On 25 February 2017, Morocco officially asked the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to become a full member. Morocco has been an observer to ECOWAS and has developed strong political, human, historical, religious and economic ties at all levels with ECOWAS member countries. Morocco’s King Mohammed VI recently signed new cooperation agreements with Guinea, following a meeting with President Alpha Condé. He also met, on 27 February 2017, with Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan. They signed 14 new bilateral agreements in the fields of military cooperation, medical equipment, finance, logistics, ITC and transport infrastructure. Morocco is a key player in boosting the regional integration process on the African continent and is instrumental in connecting the northern and southern shores of the Sahara. However, Morocco’s request to join ECOWAS provoked a “geopolitical earthquake” in Algeria. Morocco’s move also weakens the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), which is suffering from competition between its members - Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia.