MOROCCO HOLDS ITS FIRST AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS SINCE REJOINING THE AU

RABAT, The Moroccan Foreign Ministry has organized Africa Day celebrations here Thursday under the theme "Morocco as an actor for collective emergence in Africa", the first time in 33 years it is marking the occasion after rejoining the African (AU) in February this year after leaving the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the AU.

At the opening of the first edition in Morocco as a member of the AU, Nasser Bourita, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, said 2017 had been an "exceptional" year in the relationships between Morocco and African countries.

Morocco's return to AU has crowned its strong commitment to Africa's peace, stability and prosperity, Bourita said.

He noted that two-thirds of Morocco's foreign investments are directed toward Africa, making the kingdom the largest African investor in West Africa and the second in the continent.

According to the minister, more than a thousand Moroccan companies are operating in Africa and invested 2.2 billion US dollars between 2008 and 2015.

Moroccan Prime Minister Saadeddine El Othmani and ambassadors of foreign countries also attended the celebration.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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