Eight Arab delegations yesterday withdrew from the Arab-African summit which was due to begin today in Equatorial Guinea.
- Saudi Arabia
The delegations said they were withdrawing due to the “insistence of the African Union to involve a delegation from the Western Sahara in the summit”.
The withdrawal of the Moroccan delegation came after Moroccan King Mohammed VI led a tour to a number of African countries.
The conflict over the Western Sahara, in southern Morocco, began in 1975 following the end of the Spanish occupation of the North African region.
In 1976, the Polisario unilaterally declared the establishment of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), which was formally recognised by a number of countries.