The Kingdom of Morocco has strongly denounced the actions of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who it believes is trying to thwart Morocco’s request to regain its natural and legitimate position within its pan-African institutional family.


King Mohammed VI formally announced the nation’s intent to reintegrate the African Union in a speech delivered in Rwanda on July 17. The country left the AU 32 years ago in protest of the union’s recognition of the Polisario’s Sahrawi pseudo state (SADR).


It has now been more than four months since the king’s speech in Rwanda, and though Dlamini-Zuma had earlier this month promised Foreign Affairs Minister Salaheddine Mezouar that she would deliver Morocco’s request to other AU countries, no tangible progress has been made.


The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation said in a statement on Wednesday that, “after unjustifiably delaying the distribution of Morocco’s request to the AU members, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma continues her obstruction by improvising a new and unprecedented procedural requirement in the texts and practices of the Organization, and by which it would arbitrarily reject letters of support for Morocco from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the AU member states.”


“The Chairperson of the African Union Commission is at odds with her duty of neutrality, the rules and regulations of the Organization and the will of its member states,” the ministry added.