Amir urges more in­vest­ments, ‘real’ part­ner­ship with Africa

Morocco quits Africa-Arab sum­mit over pres­ence of Polis­ario

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HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah yes­ter­day de­liv­ered a speech at the fourth Africa-Arab Sum­mit held in Equa­to­rial Guinea, call­ing on all na­tions to push for a “real” part­ner­ship with Africa. “I would like to thank Pres­i­dent Teodoro Obiang and the na­tion of Equa­to­rial Guinea for this gen­er­ous in­vi­ta­tion. This blessed meet­ing comes three years after the third edi­tion of the sum­mit held in Kuwait un­der the slo­gan ‘Part­ners in Devel­op­ment’,” Sheikh Sabah said.

Kuwait made a solemn ef­fort to boost ties amongst African and Arab na­tions in the pre­vi­ous event, said HH the Amir, adding that lead­ers, dur­ing the meet­ing, fo­cused on achiev­ing sus­tain­able devel­op­ment through uti­liz­ing their coun­tries’ nat­u­ral re­sources to achieve the as­pi­ra­tions of African and Arab in­di­vid­u­als. Sheikh Sabah stressed that those who took part in Kuwait’s sum­mit trans­lated words into ac­tions via the es­tab­lish­ment of a $1 bil­lion fund ini­tia­tive aimed at pro­vid­ing fi­nanc­ing to in­vest­ment projects in Africa.

The Amir af­firmed that Kuwait’s cur­rent con­tri­bu­tion to the sum­mit came in the form of the Al-Su­mait 201516 prize for Africa’s devel­op­ment, which is a clear tes­ta­ment to the Gulf na­tion’s keen­ness on the wel­fare of the re­gion. Kuwait, in co­op­er­a­tion with regional and in­ter­na­tional bod­ies and or­ga­ni­za­tions, took strong strides to fur­ther de­velop Africa, stressed HH the Amir, who added that Africa was an im­por­tant part of the world econ­omy.

“At the same time, we are very aware that achiev­ing devel­op­ment goals in Africa will not hap­pen with­out at­tract­ing for­eign in­vest­ments,” he re­it­er­ated, urg­ing all na­tions to push for a “real” part­ner­ship with the con­ti­nent. The Amir touched on the po­lit­i­cal, se­cu­rity, and eco­nomic chal­lenges that sur­rounds the African and Arab re­gions, say­ing that the del­i­cate sit­u­a­tion in the

Mid­dle East and Africa re­quires in­ten­sive co­op­er­a­tion amongst all coun­tries to find suit­able solutions that would bring back peace and se­cu­rity. HH the Amir took the chance to sup­port Saudi Ara­bia’s ini­tia­tive to hold the fifth sum­mit on its lands, af­firm­ing that the fel­low GCC na­tion has the ca­pa­bil­i­ties to host such a grand event.

Mean­while, Morocco and sev­eral Arab coun­tries walked out of the sum­mit yes­ter­day to protest the pres­ence of a del­e­ga­tion from the Polis­ario Front, me­dia re­ports said. Morocco, which is a big in­vestor in Africa, quit the fourth Africa-Arab World Sum­mit, which fo­cuses on eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, along with seven other Arab na­tions - Saudi Ara­bia, United Arab Emi­rates, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Jor­dan and Ye­men - and So­ma­lia.

The Moroc­can del­e­ga­tion took the de­ci­sion to protest “the pres­ence of the em­blem of a pup­pet en­tity in the meet­ing rooms”, the Moroc­can for­eign min­istry said, quoted by the Moroc­can news agency MAP. Morocco main­tains that West­ern Sa­hara, a for­mer Span­ish colony un­der its con­trol, is an in­te­gral part of the king­dom, while the Polis­ario Front, which cam­paigns for the ter­ri­tory’s in­de­pen­dence, de­mands a ref­er­en­dum on self­de­ter­mi­na­tion.

The Moroc­can del­e­ga­tion quit the one-day sum­mit in Malabo as Rabat is at­tempt­ing to re­join the African Union which it left in 1984 - when it was then called the Or­gan­i­sa­tion of African Unity - to protest the ad­mis­sion of the Sahrawi Arab Demo­cratic Repub­lic de­clared by the Polis­ario. In 1991, the United Na­tions bro­kered a cease­fire be­tween the two sides. But a promised ref­er­en­dum to set­tle the status of the vast desert ter­ri­tory home to half a mil­lion peo­ple has yet to ma­te­ri­al­ize.

Morocco’s latest move was crit­i­cized on Equa­to­rial Guinea’s Africa 24 net­work, which is close to the govern­ment. “Morocco has part­ner­ships with Cen­tral Africa, West Africa and South­ern Africa. We can­not al­low such a blow”, said one com­men­ta­tor. — Agen­cies

MALABO: HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah ad­dresses the 4th Africa-Arab Sum­mit yes­ter­day. — KUNA

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