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4th Africa-Arab Summit: African countries reaffirm commitment to AU's Constitutive Act

APS - 23 November 2016

MALABO (Equatorial Guinea)- The African countries participating in the 4th Africa-Arab Summit, which works opened Wednesday in Equatorial Guinea’s Malabo reaffirmed their commitment to the African Union’s Constitutive Act.

The Foreign Ministers of the African Union countries reaffirmed this commitment following Morocco’s decision to condition its participation by its refusal to sit alongside the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), which a founding member of the Pan-African Organization.

The Moroccan request has been "categorically" rejected by the African countries which insisted on the compliance with the AU Constitutive Act.

Eight countries, namely Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Yemen, and Somalia have announced their withdrawals from the summit because of the participation of the Polisario Front delegation.

The African Foreign Ministers reaffirmed their commitment and support to the Saharawi cause, recalling that SADR is a founding member of the AU.

The African Union, which insisted on the SADR participation in the summit works, has always supported the Sahrawis right to self-determination.

SADR became member of the African Union Organization in 1982. Morocco withdrew in 1984.