African Union: Nasser Bourita Denounces Algerian Sabotage in Addis Ababa

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita thinks the process of Morocco’s reintegration into the African Union has taken so long because of insider sabotage within the organization, reports Le360.

 

Morocco’s request of readmission into the African Union has been in the hands of the Union for over a month. In comparison, South Sudan had its request approved after a mere 18 days.

 

To speed up the process, King Mohamed VI called Chad President Idriss Déby earlier this month in an effort to help sway Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, leader of the Union, who also met with Minister of Foreign Affairs Salaheddine Mezouar.

 

On November 4th, Dlamini-Zuma announced that Morocco’s request would be presented to all African Union member countries. But despite that and efforts made during the COP22 climate conference in Marrakech to show Morocco’s commitment to the African continent, no word has been made on Morocco’s request to rejoin the AU. 

 

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita seems to think that there’s more to the story. In an interview with Moroccan daily Assabah, Bourita denounced Algeria’s implication in trying to sabotage Morocco’s royal visit to East Africa. He also insisted that Morocco’s return to the AU does not change Morocco’s views on the Sahara.

 

In an interview with Le Monde conducted last week, Bourita said that “the fact that there is already a month of delay on the process is inexplicable. This is proof that there are manipulations and that African countries are not allowed to express their position freely.” 

 

“In any case,” he added, “Morocco is not a foreigner, it is at home in Africa.”