Africa Day celebrations in Rome: Sahrawi Republic takes part, Morocco pulls out

Rome, Italy, May 26, 2018 (SPS) - The African ambassadors accredited to Italy on Tuesday celebrated Africa Day in the presence of the representative of the Polisario Front, Amih Omar, and prominent Italian and European personalities.

The Moroccan delegation led by its Ambassador in Rome tried to prevent the Sahrawi delegation from attending the event, which angered the ambassadors of the continent who refused Moroccan behavior, when the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps in Rome, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo, on behalf of all Ambassadors, expressed rejection to the disgraceful Moroccan behavior and confirmed the right of the Saharawi state as a founding member of the African Union to attend all the meetings organized by the continent, which was approved by all diplomats, prompting the Moroccan ambassador and his delegation to withdraw.

The celebrations, which honored the African leader Nelson Mandela, organized a photo exhibition at the Islamic Institute in Rome, and an exhibition of the customs and traditions of peoples, especially African dishes, where Sahrawi popular dishes were present in a pavilion devoted entirely to the Sahrawi state. (SPS)