Morocco recalled its ambassador to Tunisia for consultations on Friday after Tunisian President Kais Said hosted the head of the Western Sahara independence movement, the Polisario Front.

Morocco said Tunisia’s decision to invite the Polisario leader to Japan’s Africa Development Summit, which Tunisia is hosting this weekend, had “deeply wounded the feelings of the Moroccan people”.

Morocco also decided not to participate in the summit.

Japan pledges $30 billion in aid to Africa at Sankei conference

Japan is set to pledge around $30 billion in development aid to Africa at a conference in Tunis this weekend, the Sankei Shimbun daily reported on Friday.

The aid, which will focus on human resource development to promote economic growth, will be announced at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who will attend the conference online as he recovers. from COVID-19, the newspaper added.

The government was not immediately available for comment on the report.

Other topics will include food security for Africans following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, as well as climate change and the promotion of green businesses, a Japanese foreign ministry official said on Wednesday.

The eighth TICAD is the first since 2019 and only the second to be held in Africa. It is held jointly with the United Nations, the World Bank and the African Union Commission.

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