A summit of Arab nations has unanimously adopted a decision to support Morocco's bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup finals.
The April 15 decision was reached during the 29th Arab Summit in the Saudi Arabian city of Dhahran.
“The decision of the Summit commits all member states to provide the necessary support for the Moroccan candidacy, thanks to the close relations and the many links that unite Arab countries and participation in strengthening and consolidation to serve the interests of the people and to realise their hopes,” the summit said.
On March 17, Morocco presented in Casablanca the outline of its "bid book", its candidature for organising the World Cup tournament in 2026.
The renovation and construction of sports facilities are underway, while the North African nation also plans to invest over US$3 billion, out of a total budget of US$15.8 billion allocated to the organisation of the global sports event.
The Arab League is comprised of 22 countries.
Morocco, which has also won support from several African countries, face competition from the United States, Canada and Mexico who have put in a joint bid to host world football’s biggest showpiece in 2026.