African Union Chairperson Regrets Morocco’s Absence from TICAD

Macky Sall – President of Senegal

Senegalese President and current Chairman of the African Union, Macky Sall, regretted that the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), which opened on Saturday in Tunis, had been marked by the Absence of Morocco, “prominent member of Africa Syndicate”.

“Senegal regrets that this TICAD meeting is marked by the absence of Morocco, a prominent member of the African Union, for lack of consensus on a question of representation,” Sall said at the opening of the conference.

He expressed the hope that this problem will “find in the future a lasting solution for the proper functioning of our organization and our partnership in a serene and peaceful setting”.

This position is supported by a large number of African countries, including the President of Guinea Bissau and current President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Mr. Umaro Sissoco Embalo, who left the 8th TICAD conference to protest against the participation of the “polisario” imposed by Tunisia, according to a diplomatic source.

The Comoros also regretted the absence of Morocco, “a pillar of Africa”, at the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD 8).

“I would like to express our regret for the absence of Morocco, pillar of Africa for reasons of respecting the rules established so far for the organization of this TICAD summit”, declared the President of the Comoros, Azali Assoumani, during the opening of the conference.

He expressed the wish that “this does not affect the expectations of our peoples in this strategic partnership between Africa and Japan”.

For its part, Liberia regretted, on Saturday, Morocco’s absence from the 8th Tokyo International Conference on African Development and called for “the suspension of this session until the problems relating to the procedures are resolved. resolved” after the unilateral invitation of the separatist entity of “polisario” to this event.

“Liberia expresses regret over Morocco’s absence from TICAD-8. We are surprised by the imposed presence of a delegation (NDRL polisario) in violation of TICAD procedures”, declared the Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah at the opening of this conference. In this sense, he called for the respect of the procedures and rules of invitation established within the framework of this Summit.

The Minister also stressed the importance of respecting the rules and procedures relating to the invitation of persons and delegations, established jointly with Japan, calling for the respect of the decisions of the African Conference

Union on the format of participation in partnership meetings.

Morocco has decided not to participate in the 8th TICAD Summit which is being held in Tunisia on August 27 and 28 and to immediately recall for consultation the Ambassador of HM the King in Tunis “following the attitude of this country in the framework of the African Cooperation Forum Process which blatantly confirms its hostility towards the Kingdom”.

To defend itself, the Tunisian diplomacy underlined in a press release that Tunisia “maintains its total neutrality on the question of the Sahara while respecting international legitimacy, a firm position which will not change until the parties concerned have found a peaceful solution”. acceptable to all”.

For Rabat, the publication of the press release from the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in an attempt to justify a posteriori the hostile and deeply unfriendly act of the Tunisian authorities with regard to the First National Cause and the higher interests of the Kingdom of Morocco, “contains many approximations and untruths,” the spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad said on Saturday.

“Far from removing the ambiguities surrounding the Tunisian position, it only deepens them,” the ministry spokesman said.

TICAD is not a meeting of the African Union, but a framework of partnership between Japan and the African countries with which it maintains diplomatic relations, adds the same source, specifying that TICAD is thus part of partnerships African states, such as those with China, India, Russia, Turkey or the United States, and which are only open to African states recognized by the partner.

Consequently, the rules of the African Union and its framework, which Morocco fully respects, do not apply in this case, it is emphasized.

Concerning the invitation of the separatist entity to TICAD-8, the spokesman of the ministry wishes to specify that it was agreed from the start and with the agreement of Tunisia, that only those who can take part in this meeting, the countries having received an invitation co-signed by the Japanese Prime Minister and the Tunisian President.

An official note verbale issued by Japan on August 19, 2022, explicitly states that this co-signed invitation is “the only and authentic invitation without which no delegation will be allowed to participate in TICAD 8”, specifying that “this invitation is not intended for the entity mentioned in the note verbale of August 10, 2022”, that is to say the separatist entity, we specify from the same source, adding that it is in this context that 50 invitations were addressed to African countries maintaining diplomatic relations with Japan and that Tunisia therefore did not have the right to establish a unilateral invitation process, parallel and specific to the separatist entity, against the explicit will of the Japanese partner.

The ministry spokesperson also points out that Tunisia’s press release shows the same approximation on the African position. This position has always been based on the inclusive participation of African states, not AU members.

It is based on AU Summit Decision 762, which clarifies that the TICAD framework is not open to all AU members, and that the format is defined by the same decision and by the arrangements with the partner.

Even the resolution of the Lusaka Executive Council of July 2022, was content to “encourage inclusiveness” while conditioning it by “respect for the relevant decisions of the AU”, in this case Decision 762, has he explained.

With regard, finally, to the welcome given by the Tunisian Head of State to the leader of the separatist militia, the spokesman noted that the stubborn reference in the Tunisian press release to “the welcome of the guests of Tunisia on an equal footing” arouses the greatest surprise, knowing that neither the Tunisian government nor the Tunisian people recognize this puppet entity.

It testifies to an act of hostility as blatant as gratuitous, and which has nothing to do with the “Tunisian tradition of hospitality” which, in any case, cannot in any case apply to the enemies of the brothers and friends. who have always been at Tunisia’s side in difficult times.

Source: GNA

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