Bilateral ties

Morocco’s monarch King Mohammed VI and PM Hailemariam Dessalegn
Morocco’s monarch King Mohammed VI and PM Hailemariam Dessalegn

Morocco’s monarch King Mohammed VI came to Ethiopia on Friday November 18 and stayed part of the weekend. In October, King Mohamed embarked on diplomatic trip through eastern Africa that took him to Rwanda, Tanzania and Ethiopia. The king in tandem with Ethiopian Premier Hailemariam Dessalegn postponed the Ethiopian leg to allow a flexible agenda for the COP22 summit.

One of the main motives of King Mohammed VI’s visit here is of reuniting the kingdom of Morocco with the African Union (AU). In January, Addis Ababa will host African Heads of State in the framework of AU’s summit; an important step to making Morocco’s return official. The visit also underscores the economic partnership between the North African country and Ethiopia. The other major event was the signing of a joint development of an integrated fertilizer production plant in Ethiopia worth USD 2.5 billion for the first phase.