A few weeks before the summit of the African Union that it will organize (end of June, beginning of July), Mauritania has just carried out a mini cabinet reshuffle in Isselkou ould Ahmed Izidbih.

Indeed, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation was ousted following this mini cabinet reshuffle on Monday, June 11.

For observers, this dismissal marks a halt. Arrived in 2011 in the state sphere to the position of Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic, the native of Hodh Charghi, was tried for several weeks on his ability to drain the maximum head of state and government in Nouakchott.

Less than 48 hours before his dismissal, the now former Foreign Minister said in a most complimentary correspondence: “History will engrave, in letters of gold, a Mauritanian president has raised, in an exceptional way, the international stature of the country and allowed him to have confidence in himself, so much so that he will have managed the feat of organizing two Arab and African summits, in less than two years, thank God “. A pompous missive that had little effect in the gilded paneling of the gray palace.

The reins of Mauritanian diplomacy are now entrusted to Ishmael Ould Sheikh Ahmed, who will not benefit from a state of grace. This international official, former Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Yemen, will have the heavy responsibility of piloting this 31st AU summit, considered one of the most decisive since the creation of the Pan-African body.

For President Mohamed Abdel Aziz, whose term ends in 2019, this summit, in addition to the one already held in Nouakchott of the Arab League, should crown ten years of reign during which Mauritania regained its place in the Arab and African instances. .

The African Union (AU) summit in Nouakchott will discuss the annexes of the African Continental Free Trade Area (ZLECAF), to be submitted for signature by Heads of State.


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