Dissatisfied with Tunisia’s response to the presence of the leader of the Polisario Front at Ticad 8, which will be held on August 27 and 28, 2022, Morocco responded. In a press release published on Saturday, August 27, 2022, Moroccan Foreign Affairs accused Tunisian diplomacy of trying ” to justify subsequently the hostile and deeply unfriendly act committed with regard to the primary national cause and the higher interests of the Kingdom of Morocco “.
The press release emphasizes that the reaction of Tunisian Foreign Affairs ” contains many approximations and untruths explains that TICAD “is not a meeting of the African Union, but a framework for partnership between Japan and the African countries with which it maintains diplomatic relations. TICAD is thus part of African partnerships, such as those with China, India, Russia , Turkey or the United States, and which are only open to African states recognized by the partner. Therefore, the rules of the African Union and its framework, which Morocco fully respects, do not apply in this case”.
The Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs adds regarding the invitation from the leader of the Polisario Front: ” It was agreed from the start and with Tunisia’s consent that only countries that have received an invitation co-signed by the Japanese Prime Minister and the Tunisian President will be able to participate in TICAD. An official note verbale circulated by Japan on August 19, 2022, expressly emphasizes that this co-signed invitation is “the only and authentic invitation without which no delegation will be authorized to participate in TICAD 8”, and states that “this invitation is not intended for the entity mentioned in the note verbale of 10 August 2022”, i.e. the separatist entity. It is within this framework that 50 invitations were sent to African countries that have diplomatic relations with Japan. Tunisia therefore had no right to establish a unilateral invitation process, parallel and specific to the separatist entity, against the express will of the Japanese partner. “.
” The press release from Tunisia shows the same approach to the African position. This position has always been based on the inclusive participation of African states, not AU members. It is based on AU Summit Decision 762, which clarifies that the TICAD framework is not open to all AU members and that the format is defined by the same decision and by the agreements with the partner. Even the July 2022 Lusaka Executive Council resolution was content to “encourage[r] inclusiveness”, while it is conditional on “adherence to the relevant resolutions of the AU”, in this case resolution 762 “, we noted.
” Regarding the substance of neutrality and the reference in the communique to “respect for UN resolutions” regarding the Sahara question, it should be recalled that Tunisia’s surprising and inexplicable omission during the adoption of Security Council Resolution 2602 last October is serious legitimate doubts about its support for the political process and UN resolutions. Finally, in relation to the welcome given by the Tunisian head of state to the leader of the separatist militia, the stubborn reference in the Tunisian press release to “offer Tunisian guests on an equal footing” arouses the greatest surprise, knowing that neither the Tunisian government nor the Tunisian people recognize this puppet creature. It testifies to an act of hostility that is as obvious as it is gratuitous, and that has nothing to do with the “Tunisian tradition of hospitality”, which in any case cannot apply to the enemies of brothers and friends. which has always been by Tunisia’s side in difficult times “, supports Morocco.
During the night from Friday to Saturday, a lively exchange of press releases took place between Moroccan and Tunisian foreign affairs after the publication of photos showing the reception of the President of the Tunisian Republic, Kaïs Saïed, by Brahim Ghali, leader of the Saharawi . independence movement.
With a dim view of Mr. Ghali’s participation in Ticad, Morocco did not hesitate to express its displeasure. In addition to issuing an inflammatory statement, the Kingdom recalled its ambassador to Tunis. Tunisian diplomacy reacted in the same way.
NJ From press release