Mohamed Salem Ould Salek representing the Saharawi delegation at the African Union (photo archive)
Just before the kicking off of Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) that is taking place at the Joaquim Chissano International Conference Centre in Maputo in Mozambique, a nearly toe-to-toe backstage altercation erupted between the Moroccan and Saharawi delegations.
The incident occurred when the Moroccan delegation headed by Morocco FM Naser Bourita attempted to forcefully block the Saharawi delegation from having access to the conference room.
As seen in joint footage, Security intervened and kept the two delegations apart before it could boil over into an even more volatile situation.
In a previous article in FreedomSupport site, we have demonstrated with leaked documents how Morocco bribed some africans diplomats and delegations prior to its joining the African Union.
Morocco’s collosal campaign of buying off the africans seems not to have worked opening the gate wide to this recursive thugs behaviour.
After this incident, many african diplomatic delegations expressed their firm support to the Saharawis, denouncing the Moroccan behaviour which they described as unacceptable.
Nevertheless, calm was restored and the Saharawi delegation got its seat with the rest of the african countries members of the african Union.
In a comment on this Japenese African Summit, South Africa minister of trade and industry Rob Davis said that “The objective of the meeting is to review progress following the adoption of the Nairobi Declaration together with its Implementation Plan during the TICAD VI Summit, held Kenya last year. The meeting will also review the status of implementation of the Yokohama Action Plan (2013-2017), adopted at the TICAD V Summit held in Japan in 2013,”.
The Nairobi Declaration aims to strengthen the African’s continent growth through partnerships with Japan while the Yokohama Action Plan spells out goals to be achieved and specific measures to be implemented through the TICAD process during the 2013-2017 period