Rabat, Morocco - Morocco Tuesday pledged US$ 5 million to the funding efforts of the Mali International Support Mission (MISMA), under the leadership of the African Union (AU), the Morocco News Agency (MAP) reported here.
MAP quoted the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Saâd Dine El Otmani, as having made this indication at a news conference at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
PANA reports that since the withdrawal of Morocco from the former Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU), this is the first time a Moroccan minister would attend and even deliver a speech at the headquarters of the Pan African organization.
According to El Otmani, 'With this contribution, Morocco hereby reaffirms its solidarity and constant support to the Malian people, and its support to the efforts of the countries of the sub-region and the international community to ensure the stability and development of Mali and the entire region.'
In December 2012, Morocco which assumed the chairmanship of the United Nations Security Council, deployed great efforts for the adoption of resolution 2085 authorizing the deployment of an African force in Mali, he added.