Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Morocco expressed “its sincere thanks” to the countries that withdrew from the 4th Pan Arab-African Summit held in Equatorial Guinea, to protest the presence of the flag of the self-proclaimed Sahraoui Arab Democratic Republic separatist movement, non recognized by the UN, in the meeting rooms of the Summit, stressing that those countries showed “constant commitment to the rules governing Arab-African partnership, which they demonstrated during the preparations for the 4th Arab-African Summit held in Malabo.”
A statement from Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “according to these rules, cooperation between the League of Arab States and the African Union (AU) is limited to the United Nations member countries, in accordance with the principle of the territorial sovereignty of States and the declaration of April, 20. 2016 of the 1st Morocco-GCC Summit held in Ryadh.”
“The Kingdom of Morocco, which has fruitful and strong relations with the brotherly state of Kuwait in various areas, regrets Kuwait’s position on this issue of principle when it has not imposed, in its capacity as Chairperson of the Arab Side, the respect for these rules which resulted in the maintenance of the emblem of an unrecognized puppet entity neither by the UN nor by the League of Arab States,” the statement went on further to stress.
“Through its return to the African Union, and within the framework of respecting its national constants, Morocco intends to confirm its will to defend just causes and mobilize the African family around the real challenges related to the dignity, security and living conditions of African citizens,” the statement read.
“The Kingdom of Morocco will continue its involvement in all institutional partnerships affecting the African continent, in parallel with its African policy which focuses on projects aimed at reinforcing sustainable development, building human capacities, strengthening solidarity and cultural rapprochement and maintaining peace and security,” the statement closed.
The Moroccan Times.