Egypt has formally voiced its final support for Morocco’s return to the African Union (AU).

Speaking on behalf of Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Egyptian ambassador to Rabat Ahmad Ehab Jamaleddine has issued a communiqué in support of Morocco’s reentry to the pan-African organization, stating that “Egypt was one of the leading countries that supported the Morocco’s historic return to the African organization and adoption of membership in the AU on January 30, 2017.”

The ambassador went on to add that el-Sisi welcomed Morocco’s request to return to the AU in a speech addressed to the President of the AU commission on November 16, 2016.

“El-Sisi highlighted that Morocco is one of the founding members of the AU in 1963,” the ambassador continued. “Egypt anticipates that [Morocco’s return to the AU] will represent a turning point that will serve the interests of all African people.”

In the same communiqué, the ambassador noted that Egypt’s Foreign Minister of Egypt, Sameh Shoukry, showcased Egypt’s position towards Morocco in his speech at AU summit, which took place in Addis Ababa on January 30-31, saying that “Egypt supports Morocco’s return to rejoin the AU and return to its natural place within its African siblings.”

The ambassador also noted that Morocco’s return to AU will “mark a significant and effective additional to the joint action of Africa,” adding that Morocco’s return “will undoubtedly stress the common identity of African countries.”

Supported by 39 AU member states out of a total of 54, Morocco has been re-admitted to the pan-AU as a full-fledged member, after it withdrew in 1984 following the pan-African organization’s public acceptance of the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) as a full-fledged member state.