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Taiwan, Israel, Western Sahara not invited to AACC

Taiwan, Israel, Western Sahara not invited to AACC

Indonesia, the host of the 60th Asian-African Conference Commemoration (AACC), did not invite every country on the Asian and African continents to the event, says a senior envoy, according to The Jakarta Post.
“We didn’t invite all countries in Asia and Africa. We sent the invitations based on the United Nations member list, except Israel,” the Indonesian Foreign Ministry’s director for African Affairs, Lasro Simbolon, told The Jakarta Post recently.
“In Asia, we have Taiwan, which is not a UN member. Due to the “One China Policy”, Indonesia does not have diplomatic relations with Taiwan despite good economic relations. Taiwan is not a member of the UN, ”he said. “We didn’t receive an invitation to the Asian-African Conference,” said Tseng Wei-ming, director of the press information division at the Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Jakarta recently.
Regarding Israel, though it is a member of the UN, Indonesia does not have diplomatic relations because of the Palestinian issue.
As for Western Sahara, officially named Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, it is completely a different case. Western Sahara is not a member of the UN but a member of the African Union. Morocco, a North African state, says the Western Sahara region is an integral part of Morocco and fully controls the region while a leftist rebel group called the Polisario Front claims that Morocco illegally occupied the entire region of Western Sahara after the Spanish left the area in the 1970s.


Updated : 2021-09-19 02:07 GMT+08:00