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Thu, 17 May 2018 12:54 - Updated Thu, 17 May 2018 12:53

SADR expresses readiness to negotiate with Morocco

Luanda - The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) authorities expressed on Wednesday, in Luanda, readiness to negotiate with Morocco the occupation of their territory, according to Sahrawi minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Ould-Salek Salem.

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Mohamed Ould Salek Salem, Sahrawi minister of Foreign Affairs

The government official of this northern African country made the remarks during a joint interview at the end of an audience with the Angolan Foreign minister, Manuel Augusto.

Mohamed Ould-Salek Salem, who is in Angolan capital since last Monday for  a 24-hour visit, acknowledged the leadership role that Angola has played on the African continent, especially on issues related to peace, adding that it is in this perspective that he has approached the Angolan authorities.

He said that the meeting with minister Manuel Augusto served to convey a message from the leader of SADR to the Angolan President, João Lourenço, within the framework of existing friendship.

Regarding the Moroccan state, Mohamed Ould-Salek Salem added said that Morocco has acted in the same way as the Apartheid regime that existed in South Africa, which "at the same time that it oppressed its people it tried to maintain good relations with some African states."

Minister Mohamed Ould-Salek Salem took the opportunity to express his solidarity with the Palestinian people in the struggle for the re-conquest of their territory.

The Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic claims sovereignty over the territory of Western Sahara, a former Spanish colony, which Morocco claims as part of its kingdom.

Western Sahara is a territory bounded on the north by Morocco, on the east by Algeria, on south-east by Mauritania and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It also borders, through the sea, the Spanish autonomous region of the Canary Island.

When Spain abandoned its former colony in 1975, Mauritania occupied a third of the territory and Morocco took the remainder, invoking historical rights.

The control of the territory is disputed by the Kingdom of Morocco and by the pro-independence movement Polisario Front, which proclaimed the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) on 27th February 1966.

SADR is internationally recognized by more than 50 States. It is a member of the African Union (AU) since 1984.

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