West Africa bloc agrees "in principle" on Morocco membership

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe is new ECOWAS chairperson

West Africa: Faure Gnassingbe Takes Over Ecowas Chairmanship

"King Mohammed VI wishes his first presence at an ECOWAS summit not to take place in a context of tension and controversy", said a statement from the country's foreign affairs ministry. "As a result of my visit to east Africa, we are now going to West Africa and my goal is to erode this majority, this great bloc of 54 African countries that is the basis of the automatic majority against Israel in the United Nations and other worldwide bodies".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Senegal's President Macky Sall announced on Sunday that the diplomatic crisis between the two countries has ended.

Although he is the first Israeli Prime Minister to visit Africa in a decade [that was in 2016], Netanyahu promised that it will not be another decade before an Israeli Prime Minister visits Africa again.

This was announced in a news conference in Liberia by Remy Reinstein - the Country Director of Energiya Global, Israel's leading solar developer.

"Israel is returning to Africa in a big way", the prime minister said Saturday, reiterating a message he repeated throughout his previous trip to the continent.

Netanyahu says he wants to expand trade and win allies.

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe is new ECOWAS chairperson

The Liberia event is expected to feature signing of a cooperation agreement and two memoranda of understanding between Tel Aviv and ECOWAS.

In February, King Mohamed informed the president of ECOWAS of Morocco's interest in joining the organization.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the outgoing chairperson of ECOWAS. President Sirleaf's tenure ended yesterday and led to the election of Togolese President Fauré Gnassingbé to chair the 15-member country bloc.

Morocco's application comes after it rejoined the African Union in January. Morocco now maintains institutional relations with ECOWAS through its Observer status.

Even so, reports have indicated that several of them, including Saudi Arabia, have had secret relations with Tel Aviv.

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