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5th AU-EU summit : Back from Pretoria, the chairperson of the AU Commission officially invites the Polisario

Back from South Africa, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission sent an official invitation to the Polisario to attend the 5th AU-EU summit. Four weeks before the international meeting, the European Union has remained silent. Would it accept the presence of a «state» that none of its members recognize?

Back from Pretoria, the chairperson of the AU Commission officially invites the Polisario./Ph. DR
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The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, officially invited the Polisario leader, Brahim Ghali, to attend the 5th AU-EU summit scheduled for the 29th and 30th of November in Abidjan, reports SPS.

Faki Mahamat explained, according to the same source, that this invitation goes hand in hand with the decision «adopted on the extraordinary session of the AU Executive Committee», held on the 16th of October in Addis Ababa.

The Chadian initiative comes just 24 hours after Faki returned from South Africa where he was received by President Jacob Zuma and his Foreign Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. They have reportedly held talks, discussing the international meeting.

The «SADR» an unwanted guest for the Ivory Coast

On the 16th of October at the headquarters of the African Union, South Africa strongly defended the Polisario’s participation to the 5th AU-EU summit, forcing Ivory Coast to invite Brahim Ghali within a précised amount of time. On the 27th of the same month, Moussa Faki Mahamat’s office sent an invitation to the Front, as reported by the separatist movement’s «Ministry of Information».

Four weeks before the great international partnership meeting, the host country has remained silent. On the 26th of October, Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian president traveled to Conakry to discuss, among other things, the presence of the «SADR» in the summit with Alpha Omar Kondy, who is the rotating president of the African Union. Four days later, he landed in Abuja where he met the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari.

Obviously, Ouattara wants to convince the big leaders of the continent to dismiss the Polisario from the AU-EU summit. Efforts that the Chairperson of the African Union Commission do not agree with.

While keeping an eye on this dilemma, it is clear that the European Union has not decided yet on the participation of a «state» that none of its members recognize. China has never invited the Polisario to the summit held with the African Union. India did the same thing in October 2015 despite the pressure put by South Africa and Algeria.