Will Angola be the next African country to withdraw recognition from the Polisario?

The noose is tightening around the Sahrawi separatist militia of the Polisario following the numerous withdrawals of recognition from the dummy entity of the SADR. This week, Kenya cut its ties with the separatists to improve its relations with Morocco, and Angola could well be one of the next countries to distance itself from the Polisario.

Representing King Mohammed VI, the head of the Moroccan government, Aziz Akhannouch attended this Friday the inauguration of Angolan President João Lourenço, re-elected for a second term.

The leader of the Sahrawi separatist militia Brahim Ghali was also present since Angola recognizes the self-proclaimed “rasd”.

His trip to Luanda took place on Thursday evening, just hours after Kenyan President William Samoei Ruto announced the withdrawal of recognition from the separatist entity, the closure of its representation and support for sovereignty. and the territorial integrity of Morocco, in other words, the recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over all of its territory, including the Sahara, which the separatist militia is demanding.

When Brahim Ghali had just attended William Ruto’s inauguration ceremony in Nairobi the next day, the new Kenyan president took him by surprise with the news. As proof of the embarrassing situation in which the leader of the Polisario found himself, he headed urgently from Kenya to Angola in order to seek guarantees that Angola will continue to support the separatist militia.

Re-elected for a second term in the elections of August 24, President João Lourenço therefore knows Morocco. He has also personally met King Mohammed VI twice, the last of which dates back to a year before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first meeting was held in Abidjan in 2017 during the European Union-African Union Summit and the second in 2018, in Brazzaville, Congo.

Relations between Morocco and Angola have improved markedly since the meetings with King Mohammed VI. The Kingdom even opened an embassy under the presidency of João Lourenço.

In a message of congratulations, King Mohammed VI expressed his wishes for success to President Lourenço in his high office, expressing his consideration for the bonds of African friendship and brotherhood uniting the two countries.

The Sovereign also reiterated his constant determination to work together with the Angolan President to strengthen bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect and fruitful cooperation, serving the interests of the two brotherly peoples.

Faced with the new geopolitical realities which show that Africa is in favor of preserving the territorial integrity of Morocco and stands in the way of separatism, Angola could revise its position even by being one of the strongest supporters of the separatists of the polisario.

In addition, the country has witnessed, like the rest of the world, revelations that have laid bare the dubious practices of the Polisario militia and its links with Algeria, such as that of the Benbattouche affair in Spain, itself having revealed the multiple cases of torture, enforced disappearance, rape, murder of Sahrawis and Spaniards at the hands of members of the separatist group.

The task remains complicated, however, since Angola was one of the first countries to recognize the SADR from its creation in 1976, one after Morocco recovered its lands in the south after the departure of the Spanish colonizer.

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