In the tour of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in southern Africa, the Angolan stage was not conclusive. Unlike the stopovers in South Africa and Lesotho, Sabri Boukadoum’s talks with his Angolan counterpart Téte António were not sanctioned by the publication of a joint statement.
Worse, the treatment of the Angolan press agency ignored the question of Western Sahara, the main object of the tour of the Algerian foreign minister. The official media contented itself with broadcasting a dispatch on Thursday entitled: “Angola and Algeria reaffirm their determination in the fight against terrorism”.
The text specifies that “the two States agree to strengthen cooperation in the political-diplomatic, economic, commercial, defense and interior fields, mineral and petroleum resources, tourism, staff training, investment promotion. , among others ”.
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In Luanda, Sabri Boukadoum was also received by President João Lourenço. Here too, the Sahara issue was not mentioned. “Angola and Algeria have historic links on the African continent, so we intend to implement actions to face the challenges of the present,” said the head of diplomacy in statements to the press after leaving. his meeting with the head of state.
Boukadoum leaves empty-handed
Only the Algerian press agency mentioned the Sahara issue. The meeting between Boukadoum and his counterpart “gave rise to an in-depth discussion on political, peace and security issues in Africa, particularly the situations prevailing respectively in Libya, Mali, Western Sahara, in the Sahel regions and Central Africa, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) ”, indicates the public agency.
If Angola has not yet withdrawn its recognition of the “Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR)”,
it is clear the rapprochement with Morocco since the coming to power of João Lourenço on September 26, 2017. The president met King Mohammed VI on the sidelines of the African Union and European Union summit, organized at the end of November 2017 in Abidjan, and in Brazzaville on April 29, 2018 on the sidelines of the work of the 1st Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Climate Commission and the Congo Basin Blue Fund. Two meetings followed by a visit to Rabat in July 2018 by the former Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Manuel Domingos Augusto.
The Angola of João Lourenço, former minister of defense of Dos Santos, wants to free itself from the shackles of the Cold War, but without breaking with its allies during the civil war. This is evidenced by his participation in March 2019 in the conference organized in Pretoria in favor of the Polisario and another held in Marrakech supporting the process led by the United Nations for the settlement of the territorial dispute.
This position was also confirmed last October by the Permanent Representative of Angola to the UN during his speech before the 4e committee responsible for political questions. The diplomat underlined “the urgency of reaching a peaceful, just and lasting solution to the conflict in Western Sahara”.
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