Madagascar, Egypt support Morocco’s return to AU  

sommet-auMadagascar and Egypt have expressed their support to Morocco’s “legitimate” return to the African Union (AU) as formally requested by King Mohammed VI, in his message to the acting President of the AU, Idriss Deby, during the 27th African summit held in Kigali, Rwanda’s capital, July 17 – 18.

An official document, signed by the president of Madagascar Hery Rajaonarimampianina, states that Madagascar ”welcomes the decision of the Kingdom of Morocco to join the African Union” and ”intends to endeavor so that this legitimate return be effective as soon as possible.”

Madagascar ”warmly welcomes” the content of the Message addressed by King Mohammed VI to the 27th Summit of the African Union, the document says.

While being “aware of the special circumstances” in which “SADR” was admitted to the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the President of the Republic of Madagascar ”decides to take action to allow the African Union to play a constructive role and contribute positively to UN efforts for a final and mutually acceptable settlement of the regional dispute over Western Sahara” the document states.

For his part, Egyptian Ambassador in Rabat, Ihab Jamaleddine said Friday that “Egypt welcomes and supports the will of brotherly Morocco to become member of the African Union and to continue its role in African bodies.’

In a statement to MAP, the Egyptian diplomat expressed his country’s hope to see ”Morocco regain its role within the African family as soon as possible.”

He also pointed out that there is a permanent coordination between the two states on this issue and other issues of interest to the two countries and the two brotherly peoples.

Egypt was one of the three Maghreb countries, alongside Tunisia and Mauritania, which were not among the 28 African countries having signed a motion addressed on July 18 to the AU presidency.

In this motion, the 28 signatories welcomed Morocco’s return to the African fold and demanded the suspension of the pseudo “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic” (SADR,) the very SADR that was behind Morocco’s withdrawal from the former Organization of African Unity (OAU) in 1984.

Given the excellent relations existing between Morocco and Egypt, Rabat negatively perceived the stand of Egypt, whose President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi was in Kigali to attend the AU summit.

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