No place for the Polisario

The United States is preparing to host the United States-Africa Summit in December in Washington. This meeting of African leaders will sign a new cold shower for Algeria and South Africa which will see the limits of their shenanigans.

Announced in July by US President Joe Biden, this summit is a meeting eagerly awaited by the international community since it is the first world power to organize its meeting with the African continent after the proliferation of summits of this kind. by several other countries, notably China and Russia.

“I look forward to welcoming leaders from across the African continent to Washington, December 13-15, 2022, for the United States-Africa Leaders Summit. The summit will demonstrate the United States’ enduring commitment to Africa and underscore the importance of the United States-Africa relationship and closer cooperation on shared global priorities,” the President said. American on July 20.

The separatist movement of the polisario, creation of Algeria against the territorial integrity of Morocco, will not be entitled to take part in the USA-Africa Summit which will be held from December 13 to 15, 2022 in Washington.

This is yet another slap in the face of the world’s leading power against the Algerian regime, which is trying in vain to give a country appearance to a foreign militia present on Algerian soil. Apart from a few weak countries on which Algerian pressure operates, the majority of sovereign states do not invite the Polisario.

The members of the African Union will not all be invited by the United States, which has set three conditions. All countries will be invited except those that have been suspended by the African Union, those that the United States does not recognize, and those with which the United States does not exchange ambassadors.

Countries that have suffered coups, or that have been suspended from the AU, such as Burkina Faso, Sudan, Mali and Guinea will not be among the invitees.

Similarly, the United States does not recognize the “fake state”, false states, such as the self-proclaimed republic of “Western Sahara” which has its origins in the Algerian leaders.

The United States supports Morocco’s territorial integrity and sovereignty over its southern provinces. The country of Uncle Sam recognized under the presidential mandate of Donald Trump the Moroccanity of the Sahara and announced the opening of a Consulate in Dakhla. This position has been confirmed and perpetuated by the Biden administration.

However, this is not the first time that the United States has adopted such a firm position vis-à-vis countries that have suffered coups or vis-à-vis separatist militias presenting themselves as independent states.

In 2014, during the last USA-Africa summit and when the president at the time was Barack Obama, the United States did not invite the polisario, saying that they did not recognize the SADR entity.

Besides the United States, no major world power that has organized a summit with Africa has invited the separatist militia. We can cite China, Russia, although presented as an ally of Algeria, Turkey, with which Algeria prides itself on having excellent relations, and India.

So far, only the European Union has yielded to pressure from Algeria and South Africa to include the Polisario in EU-AU summits under the pretext that it is a member of the African Union.

Japan, for its part, saw in spite of itself the presence of members of the Polisario at its summit with Africa, in particular the latest one organized in Tunisia, a country which was obliged to invite the separatist group to remain in the good graces of ‘Alger. Japan, however, made a point of expressing its position of non-recognition towards the separatist militia.

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