ECOWAS Parliament Speaker Says Morocco’s Membership is ‘Best Thing for All of Us’

The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Sidie Mohamed Tunis, said, on Monday in Rabat, that Morocco’s membership in this regional grouping is the “best thing for all of us.” “We will see in general how to work towards Morocco’s full membership in ECOWAS, because we firmly believe that it is the best thing for all of us,” he told the press after talks with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita. “We are looking at strategies, opportunities and possibly constraints […] but for now, my colleagues and I are very positive about this,” stressed Mohamed Tunis, who is leading an ECOWAS parliament delegation on a visit to Morocco, adding that with the “leadership of HM King Mohammed VI, we should all work” to achieve this “particular” goal. Noting that relations between Morocco and this regional organization are experiencing a “new beginning”, the ECOWAS parliament speaker assured that West African MPs “bring fruitful results” to ensure that Morocco sits as a full member. Sidie Mohamed Tunis is in Morocco to participate in the 6th edition of the parliamentary forum on social justice organized under the theme “Social Dialogue and Challenges of the Social State”, at the initiative of the House of Advisors (Moroccan parliament’s upper house) in partnership with the Economic, Social and Environmental Council.