This encounter between the King of Morocco and the self-proclaimed leader of Sahrawi separatist front is the second of its kind. Their first encounter took place on January 31, when the Sovereign delivered a speech during Morocco’s return to the African Union.
The arrival of King Mohammed VI to Abidjan was welcomed by the Ivorian president Alassane Dramane Ouattara, who was accompanied by the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire Dominique Claudine Ouattara.
In an interview with Spanish news agency EFE on the sidelines of the summit, Bourita said that the so-called Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic “does not exist and will never do so for [Morocco].”
He told the agency that “the current trend is that countries do not recognize SADR. Do you know of any country that recently recognized it? If not, I can tell you who withdrew it, like Malawi.”
The lead-up to this year’s summit saw Algeria make efforts to impose Polisario and its self-proclaimed SADR as a participant.
SADR did not take part in previous conferences, but the entity recently cried out for its “right” to participate in the event as a member of the AU, after the forum, originally called the “EU-Africa” summit, was renamed the “EU-AU” summit.
The announcement of SADR’s impending participation in the conference was made in September by Algeria’s notorious ambassador to Brussels, Amar Belani.