Morocco turns down Egypt’s proposal of «unified African Force»

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Morocco has rejected a proposal made by Egypt to create an African Force to fight terrorism in the continent. «A vision within which African forces operate together is preferable than forming a unified African military force», wrote Middle East Monitor, quoting Moroccan Foreign Affairs Minister Nasser Bourita.

Interviewed by Russian news agency Sputnik on the sidelines of the 33rd African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Bourita said that «Morocco is one of the oldest African countries to participate in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, including the first-ever operation in 1960».

Replying to the recent proposal of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, the minister said that «Morocco’s previous experience in more than 15 peacekeeping operations». He stressed that it is preferable to create a «common African vision, in which each country contributes, yet with military independence».

For the record, Al-Sisi announced, Sunday, that AU countries must establish an African Force to fight against terrorism in the continent. «I affirm Egypt is ready to host this special African summit stemming from its responsibility and believing in the importance of this proposed [force] to achieve peace and security in Africa», Al-Sisi said.

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