King Mohammed VI’s successful visits to African countries, including his current stops in Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, are indications of the Monarch’s profound interest in the region and footprints of his foreign policy agenda.
The policy of the empty chair observed by Morocco for more than thirty years in Africa has left room to Algeria and its protégé, the Polisario, to extend their influence in the continent, particularly at the level of the African Union (AU.)
The Moroccan King’s visit to Rawanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia has been hailed as “historic” by east African media. The Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Augustine Mahiga, said that it is the first time his Country is visited by a Monarch.
In a speech delivered on the seventeenth anniversary of his coronation known as Throne Day, King Mohammed VI stressed Morocco’s willingness to return to the African Union to defend its strategic interests from within the African organization.