Morocco lobbies East Africa for re-entry into the African Union
Saturday October 22 2016
Moroccan King Mohammed VI with President Paul Kagame in Kigali, Rwanda on October 19, 2016. King Mohammed VI kicked off his East African tour in Rwanda and is set to take in Tanzania and Ethiopia. PHOTO | URUGWIRO VILLAGE
While some countries including Rwanda have expressed strong support for Morocco’s reintegration into the AU, they are not willing to trade this with a suspension of Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) from AU membership, a concession Morocco is understood to be making precedent to its return.
The partially recognised SADR controls a strip of territory along Morocco’s Atlantic coast and claims sovereignty over the entire territory of western Sahara, but Morocco considers this region part of its territory.