Western Sahara wants AU to sanction Morocco after no-show

Western Sahara's top diplomat is calling on African countries to sanction Morocco after it failed to attend an African Union meeting on the disputed territory.

The call for sanctions comes less than two months after Morocco rejoined the AU, which it left decades ago because of the Western Sahara issue. Morocco claims the territory.

Western Sahara Foreign Minister Mohamed Salem Ouldsalek says Monday's meeting was the first test of Morocco's admission to the continental body, of which Western Sahara is also a member.

The foreign minister on Tuesday called on the AU to sanction Morocco.

A letter from Morocco to the AU ahead of Monday's meeting and obtained by The Associated Press says the question of Western Sahara is in the hands of the U.N. Security Council instead.