Rabat: we did not ask for excluding Sahrawi Republic

date 2016/11/29 views 1397 comments 0

icon-writer By: Abderezzak. B. / English version: M. A.

Morocco’s foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar said his country did not ask for excluding the Sahrawi Republic from the African Union. This comes in contradiction with previous Moroccan requests for chasing the Polisario Front as a condition to join Union.

Mezouar told a French radio channel that “Morocco did not ask for its exclusion (the Sahrawi Republic) in its request. We just asked for joining again the African Union.”

“There is no reason to postpone Morocco’s adherence to the African Union until the next Addis Ababa Summit is held (due to be organized late in January,” he added.

He believes that his country has an overwhelming majority at the African Union supports Morocco’s adherence.

Earlier in November, Moroccan King Mohamed the Sixth lodged a complaint to the African Union’s chairman Idriss Déby against Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma Chairperson of the African Union Commission. He held her responsible for not distributing his request to join the Union in September to member States.

According to the Union’s resolutions, requests for membership should be examined at the African Union’s Summit due to be held on January 31st in 2017 at the Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa. Yet, the Commission has not decided into the request so far.

Morocco announced its intention to join the African Union once again in July. King Mohamed the Sixth said his country decided to recover its position in the Union. Yet, he stressed the importance of his request to join Western Sahara to his country.

Western Sahara is member of the African Union.

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