Devdiscourse News Desk 29 Aug 2018, 05:25 PM Algeria, South Africa
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her Algerian counterpart exchanged views on the political, security and development on the African continent. (Image Credit: Twitter)
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says South Africa and Algeria remain firm in their support for the independence of Western Sahara.
The Minister said this during a media briefing after bilateral talks with Abdelkader Messahel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, who is on a working visit to South Africa.
Sisulu and her Algerian counterpart exchanged views on the political, security and development on the African continent.
“In this regard, we noted with concern the continued instability in some of our sister countries and regions. We have thus agreed to continue working together to advance peace, security, stability, unity and economic development of the continent.
“On Western Sahara, we have reaffirmed our position which is the attainment of the right for self-determination and decolonization of the Saharawi people and the rapid resolution of the conflict within the framework of international legality.
“We thus welcome the efforts of the African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Western Sahara, former President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and the United Nations (UN) Secretary General Personal Envoy for Western Sahara Horst Kohler, aimed at mobilising the international community to implement all the AU and UN Resolutions on Western Sahara,” she said.
At the heart of the conflict, Western Sahara remains Africa’s longest-running territorial dispute and an issue of continental and international law and diplomatic controversy, having been on the decolonization agenda of the UN and AU for more than 50 years.
Morocco contends that Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, is an integral part of its kingdom, mainly driven by the expansionist ideology of the so-called “Greater Morocco”.
On the other side, the Polisario Front, which is campaigning for the territory’s independence, demands a referendum on self-determination.
The AU has maintained over the years the inalienable right of the Saharawi people to self-determination. It has called on the UN to determine a date for the holding of the self-determination referendum for the people of Western Sahara, a view that Pretoria has been vocal about.
SADC conference in support of Polisario Front
The Minister said, meanwhile, that SADC will soon host a conference in support of Polisario and the people of Western Sahara.
“We believe in their right to independence. It is their inaliable right every state has.
“We regard Western Sahara as a sovereign state and in that regard, we hosted the leader of Polisario on a state visit very recently in recognition of that status.
“We provide Polisario with the necessary financial assistance to conduct their administrative work and we have offered to host a SADC conference in support of Polisario.
“So SADC will be supporting Polisario in full, it is a resolution that we have just taken now at the SADC conference and South Africa will be hosting that conference as a measure of that continued support of Polisario and the people of Western Sahara,” she said.
SA, Algeria sign 33 agreements, MoUs
Meanwhile, Sisulu said the visit by Algeria has allowed the two countries to reaffirm their historic and strategic partnership.
She said that during their talks, the two countries were able to review their bilateral cooperation.
“We have thus noted with satisfaction the depth and extent of our cooperation as demonstrated by the existence of 33 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding which cover a wide range of fields such as trade and industry, diplomacy, defence, energy, arts and culture, sports, science and technology, agriculture, education and health.
“While we note the 33 bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding, we have nonetheless emphasized the need that these agreements are fully implemented for the mutual benefit of our peoples.
“In our discussions, we have also emphasized the need to pay particular focus on economic cooperation, encouraging further trade and investment and strategic cooperation between our state-owned companies,” she said. (SPS)
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Harare ( Zimbabwe), 25 de agosto de 2018 (SPS) -. El Presidente de la República, Sr. Brahim Gali llegó esta tarde al aeropuerto internacional de Harare para asistir a la ceremonia de investidura del presidente electo de Zimbabue, Emmerson Mnangagwa.
El presidente Emmerson Mnangagwa jurará mañana al cargo como nuevo jefe de Estado y Gobierno de Zimbabwe.
El Jefe del Estado Saharaui fue recibido en la escalerilla del avión por la Ministra del Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales de Zimbabue, la Sra. Petronella Kagonye, y el Encargado de Negocios de la Embajada Saharaui en Harare Telleb Siddiq.
El también Secretario General del Frente POLISARIO lo acompaña una importante delegación que incluye al miembro del Secretariado Nacional del POLISARIO y Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, Sr. Mohamed Salem Uld Salek, el Asesor de la Presidencia de la República a cargo de Asuntos Africanos Ahmed Salama y el Asesor del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Malainin Lakhal y el Director de la Oficina del Presidente de la República Mohamed Molud Mohamed.SPS
Harare (Zimbabwe), August 25, 2018 (SPS) – President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghal,i arrived at Harare International Airport to attend the inauguration ceremony of Zimbabwean President-elect Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The President of the Republic was received by Zimbabwean Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, Ms. Petronella Kagonye, and Chargé d’affaires of the Sahrawi Embassy in Harare Al-Tayeb Al-Siddiq.
The President of the Republic is accompanied by a delegation comprising Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed, Salem Ould Salik, Advisor to the Presidency of the Republic in charge of African Affairs, Ahmed Salama, Advisor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malainin Lakhal, and Director of the Office of the President of the Republic, Mohamed Mouloud Mohammed. (SPS)
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Bir Lehlu, August 4, 2018 (SPS) – President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, on Thursday sent a congratulatory message to Zimbabwean President, H. E. Emmerson Mnangagwa, and the African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU PF), on winning the last general elections held in the country.
In his message, the President of the Republic stated that this deserved victory was a free expression of the attachment of the Zimbabwean people once again to the ZANU-PF and its leadership and the strong relations rooted in the people and their leadership.
The message stressed the need for continued friendship and solidarity between the Polisario Front and the Saharawi state with the Republic of Zimbabwe and the leadership of the ZANU-PF. (SPS)
Shaheed El-Hafed, July 15, 2018 (SPS) – The National Secretariat of the Polisario Front renewed its sincere will to cooperate with the United Nations efforts to complete the decolonization of the last colony in Africa, welcoming in this context the efforts of UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and his Personal Envoy, President Horst Koehler.
After having warned at the end of its 8th ordinary session that the policy of intransigence and obstruction of Morocco threatens peace and stability in the region, the National Secretariat stressed that it is time for the UN Security Council to adopt strict measures to push the Kingdom of Morocco to comply with international legitimacy and thus end the illegal Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara and the empowerment of the of the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to independence like all colonial peoples and countries.
In this context, the National Secretariat recalled the Polisario Front commitment to the requirements of the Cease-fire Agreement and Military Agreement No. 1, and reiterated its readiness to cooperate with the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to resolve the problems resulting from the blatant Moroccan breach through the opening of a crossing and a road in the military wall in the region of El-Guerguerat. (SPS)