Brahim Ghali: Morocco’s attempt to join AU will be rebuffed

In an exclusive interview with EWN, the president says he’s confident Morocco’s attempt to join the AU will be rebuffed.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma meets President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic Brahim Ghali at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Western Sahara President Brahim Ghali says he’s confident Morocco’s attempt to join the African Union (AU) will be rebuffed at the continental body's summit in Addis Ababa later this month.

However, the kingdom's aspiration to be an AU member while still occupying the country will remain a hot potato for the 54-member union.

In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Ghali, who was a guest of his South African counterpart President Jacob Zuma, says the Western Sahara’s continued membership of the African Union has the support of two-thirds of its members.

He adds it’s guaranteed in the AU constitution.

He believes Morocco, funded by Gulf states and supported by former French colonies in Africa, will persist in its efforts to achieve its exclusion, so that it can join the AU without ending its 42-year occupation of Western Sahara.