President Jacob Zuma has described the African Union‘s decision on Morocco as difficult but necessary.

The continental body has taken a decision to accept Morocco’s application for re-admission during the 28th ordinary summit of heads of state in government in Ethiopia.

Morocco left the organisation in 1984.

This is after the AU recognized the independence of Western Sahara which Morocco regards as part of its historic territory.

Morocco was the only country in Africa which was not an AU member.

The motion was passed with the majority of 39 countries against 10.

President Zuma says this remains a sensitive issue.

“It is something indeed unusual – but I think as the organisation we have done everything to address that issue. There will be [a] follow up, but what became important is that it should be accepted. But I must say on that issue there was a strong exchange of views, but at the same time we were all putting above everything, the unity of the continent, so that we are able to move forward,” adds the President.

– By Amos Phago