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Date of posting : November 24, 2016

Morocco and Eight Other Arab Countries Withdraw from 4th Arab-African Summit

The principle of participation in activities organized by the two parties, only members of the United Nations, has not been respected.

Morocco and eight other Arab countries, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Sultanate of Oman, Jordan, Yemen and Somalia, withdrew from the 4th Arab-African summit Held in Equatorial Guinea.
The United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Morocco have all decided to leave the Africa-Arab World Summit scheduled to take place in Equatorial Guinea.
Moroccan diplomatic sources have told the Anadolu Press Agency that the delay of the summit had to do with Morocco’s opposition to the participation of the Polisario at this Africa-Arab summit.
“Moroccan Minister of Moroccan Living Abroad and Immigration, Anis Birou, protested against the presence of the Polisario delegation,” said Moroccan diplomatic sources, adding that “this caused a stir in the venue where the summit was taking place.”
The Moroccan Minister attributed Morocco’s decision to withdraw from the Arab-African summit to the insistence of some delegations to ensure the participation of the Polisario.
“Morocco has made great efforts with African countries to resolve this problem, but some countries have prevented it.”
Ahmed bin Abdulaziz Qattan, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Egypt and the Arab League, said that his country announced its withdrawal in solidarity with Morocco. During the Ministerial meeting held ahead of the summit, he said that Saudi Arabia supports Morocco in its withdrawal from the summit, and “everything that affects Morocco’s sovereignty is rejected by Saudi Arabia.”
Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, Sheikh Kahlid Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, wrote on his Twitter account that “Morocco, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, UAE and other countries have decided to withdraw from the Arab-African Summit, in solidarity with Morocco following the insistence of the organizers to ensure the participation of the Polisario.”
23/11/2016