The Moroccan Foreign Ministry yesterday stated that King Mohammed VI has cancelled his attendance of the 51st Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) because Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also been invited.
In a statement the ministry said King Mohammed VI had planned to visit the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on 3-4 June to attend the 51st ECOWAS Summit, which was expected to examine Morocco's request to join the regional group as a full member.
The statement added that, "During this Royal visit, a meeting with the President of Liberia, talks with ECOWAS Heads of State and a speech at the Summit were all scheduled."
However, over the last few days, major ECOWAS member states have decided to reduce their level of representation at the summit, to the bare minimum, due to their disagreement with the invitation handed to the Israeli prime minister. The statement also noted that other member states also expressed their astonishment at this invitation.
The Foreign Ministry's statement also mentioned that King Mohammed VI "does not want his first appearance at the ECOWAS summit to take place in a context of tension and controversy, and wants to avoid any confusion."
During the summit, members of ECOWAS will decide on the admittance of Morocco as a full-fledged member of the regional bloc.