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South African President reiterates his country’s support to Sahrawi Republic

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa received, in Pretoria, Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Salem Ould Salek where he reiterated “his country’s traditional support to the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) in its legitimate struggle for territorial integrity and sovereignty.”
On the occasion of this meeting, Ould Salek handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa a message from his Sahrawi counterpart Brahim Ghali.
Sahrawi Minister of Foreign Affairs was accompanied by SADR’s ambassador to South Africa al-Bechir Essaghir.
SADR is taking part in a two-day Japanese-African Economic Forum which kicked off Thursday in Pretoria, added the source.  (SPS)

Morocco decides to break off relations with Iran to gain some parties’ support

Sahrawi ambassador to Algiers Abdelkader Taleb Omar said Friday that Morocco’s decision to break off its diplomatic relations with Iran under a “fictitious pretext was an evidence of its biased for a given side to gain its support and protection” from any possible decision concerning Western Sahara.
In a reply to a question on the decision of Rabat to break off the diplomatic relations with Teheran under the pretext that Iran supports the Polisario Front- according to the statement of the head of the Moroccan diplomacy Nacer Bourita, the Sahrawi ambassador underlined that “Morocco which has recently said that the empty-chair policy and the breaking off of the diplomatic relations were pointless, takes today an opposite position.”
After calling for its membership of the African Union and reestablishing its diplomatic relations with Cuba while knowing that these parties support the Polisario Front, Morocco adopts today an opposite position by breaking off its diplomatic relations with …

Polisario Front must be consulted on every fishing agreement that may include territorial waters of Western Sahara (Swedish Minister)

Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Sven-Erik Bucht, has affirmed that the Polisario Front, as the legitimate representative of the Saharawi people, should be consult on every fishing agreement that may include the territorial waters of Western Sahara.
This came in response to a written question addressed by Swedish MP from Swedish Democratic Party, Bjorn Soder, to the Minister for the European Union and trade, in which he demanded clarifications on the mandate granted by the Council of Europe on April 16, to the Union Commission, to begin negotiations with Morocco on the renewal of the agreement on fishing and the position of Sweden.
The Minister replied that Sweden was the only country to vote on February 19, against granting the European Commission authorization to open negotiations with Morocco on the renewal of the fishing protocol, which was supported by the European Court ruling on February 27, which nullified any agreement between the EU and Morocco that might include Wester…

Iran’s alleged support to Polisario Front: Moroccan allegations emanate from “cynical political opportunism”

Sahrawi Minister for Europe Mohamed Sidati described Friday the Moroccan allegations on a so-called military support of Iran to the Polisario Front via Lebanese Hezbollah as “cynical political opportunism” aimed at “undermining the United Nations’ efforts” for the settlement of the conflict in Western Sahara.
“Morocco’s accusations emanate from a cynical political opportunism aimed at undermining the efforts of the United Nations,” he told APS.
Mohamed Sidati who “categorically” denied any military presence of any foreign strength alongside the Sahrawi people’s liberation army, pointed out that these allegations “the last of a series of provocative and unfounded assertions,” are meant to “discredit the Polisario Front and hijack the peace process in Western Sahara.”
“Morocco tries to take advantage of the current international trends in an attempt to strengthen its illegal occupation of Western Sahara,” he added, underlining that “there is no evidence to support Morocco’s unfounded c…

Sahrawi Republic participates in the Japan-Africa Public Private Economic Forum in South Africa

The Saharawi Republic has participated Thursday in the work of  the Japan-Africa Public Private Economic Forum at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The Japan-Africa Public Private Economic Forum, hosted by South Africa, is organised by the government of Japan and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) and is scheduled to take place from the 3rd to the 4th May 2018.
The Forum, to be attended by business executives and representatives of government from African countries and Japan, is held in Africa with a view to accelerating the promotion of private sector-led economic growth by encouraging networking among African and Japanese companies.
The delegation is led by Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, Minister of Foreign Affairs, accompanied by Mr. Bachir Al Saghir, Ambassador of the Sahrawi Republic in South Africa and Mr. Mami Brrahim, Counselor of the Sahrawi Embassy in the host country.SPS

STATEMENT OF THE FRENTE POLISARIO ON UNSG REPORT

The Frente POLISARIO takes note with satisfaction of the Report of the UN Secretary-General (S/2018/277) submitted to the Security Council on 29 March 2018. The Report clearly refutes all the false allegations and unfounded claims made by Morocco for propaganda purposes regarding alleged violations of the ceasefire by the Frente POLISARIO. On Human Rights, the Report provides a good indication of Morocco’s violation of the human rights of the Sahrawis in the occupied territory, including the Gdeim Izik trial, and highlights the respect for and promotion of human rights by the Frente POLISARIO in the Sahrawi refugee camps. Interestingly, the Report acknowledges that human rights concerns are linked to the non-realisation of the right to self-determination, albeit in the context of the human rights of the Sahrawi refugees. The Report also underscores the necessity for and importance of independent, impartial, and sustained monitoring of human rights for the people of Western Sahara. On …

The Head of State reiterates SADR commitment to the application of African Free Trade Area Treaty

The President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Secretary General of the Frente POLISARIO, Brahim Gali, affirmed in Kigali, the SADR's willingness to work together with the rest of members of the African Union, to apply the Treaty of the African Free Trade Area and the Protocol of Kigali, on the promotion of economic integration within the continent.The head of the State, said in his speech to the Summit, that both the Treaty and the technical protocols reflect the will of the leaders and peoples of Africa, to fulfill the objectives of the 2063 Agenda, as well as to put an end to conflicts and all kinds of colonialism on the continent.In this regard, Brahim Gali thanked the community institutions for the preparation of the treaties, as well as the president of Rwanda, Paul Cagame, for hosting this important extraordinary summit, which will lead to a new level of integration within the African bloc.It should be recalled that the SADR, signed Wednesday, the three treat…

“Morocco’s membership to AU, recognition of Sahrawi reality,” says Gali

Sahrawi President Brahim Ghali affirmed Tuesday, in Smara, that “Morocco has to be convinced that its membership to the African Union alongside the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is in itself a recognition of the Sahrawi reality.”In his speech on the occasion of the festivities of the 42nd anniversary of SADR proclamation, the secretary general of the Polisario Front said that Morocco must “learn the lesson and recognize the fact that its membership to the African Union, alongside SADR, is in itself a recognition of the undeniable Sahrawi reality.”“The kingdom of Morocco must accept that Africa never tolerates any form of colonialism in the continent,” said President Ghali, adding that it (Morocco) “shouldn’t expect that Africa gives up one day the fundamental principles on which the African Union is based or tolerates any part trying to undermine its unity and cohesion and to play with its rules and principles.”Ghali invited Morocco to “realize, in the same way as the other members…