Reporting for Voice of America, Irwin Chifera is reporting that the European Union (EU) and Africa summit, which is set for Brussels next week, is hanging in the balance as the diplomatic rift between the two groups continues to widen. Chifera writes:
“The African Union’s peace and security council has advised the bloc not to attend the summit set for Brussels from April 2 to April 3 to protest the way Europe is allegedly holding the continent in ‘contempt by determining who is eligible to attend the meeting.'”
According to Chifera, African nations have expressed serious concern over the non-invitation of Sudan, Eritria and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and the EU’s refusal to grant a visa to Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe, who is on the EU sanctions list. The African Union is also angry that an invitation was extended to Egypt which is suspended by the continental bloc after an alleged military coup ended the reign of elected President Mohammed Morsi.
Read more at AllAfrica.com.