Morocco has been re-elected to the African Union Peace Council

Mamiky Motshwane

Morocco was re-elected to the African Union’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) for a second three-year term by the African Union’s Executive Council on Thursday, February 3, 2022.

Morocco will once again be a member of the African Union’s ultimate decision-making body, the Peace and Security Council. The Alawite kingdom received two-thirds of the votes in the Executive Council’s voting session, making it a member of the Council for a new three-year term.

This decision reaffirms Rabat’s African counterparts’ faith in the Moroccan capital, a trust with which it aspires to collaborate in the pursuit of “peace and stability.”

Furthermore, Morocco’s second re-election demonstrates the country’s rising significance as a regional force on the African continent, particularly in sectors such as diplomacy. Morocco has maintained a difficult diplomacy with nations such as Israel, as a result of the Abraham Accords, as well as the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Latin American countries, since being elected to the same Council in 2018.

Morocco’s re-election also reflects the country’s commitment to the primary concerns now confronting the African continent: climate change, terrorism, violent extremism, and conflict resolution via peaceful means.

This meeting took place during the Executive Council’s 40th regular session, which was held at the headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital. Nasser Bourita, the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, led the Moroccan delegation, recalling Morocco’s commitment to “the enhancement of working techniques and the establishment of good practices.”

Moreover, Morocco reaffirmed its unwavering commitment to the elimination of the COVID-19 epidemic throughout the session. Bourita’s position was confirmed in accordance with the “principle of active solidarity.”

In this line, the minister reaffirmed Morocco’s desire to become a global player “At all levels, including political and economic, establish an interconnected Africa and a common vision. An Africa that is unified and united “.. COVID has demonstrated that “without health security, there is no global security,” which implies that “all sectors are at risk,” according to Bourita.

He reiterated Morocco’s support for “the African Union’s Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Afrique)” and applauded “the African Vaccine Procurement Task Team’s (AVATT) outstanding work in obtaining millions of doses of vaccinations for our continent.”

He finished by emphasizing the African Union’s responsibilities to “create a shared vision” and “interact with partners to address the pandemic’s socioeconomic issues.”