SA diplomat in Western Sahara for talks on Sahrawi issue

SA diplomat in Western Sahara for talks on Sahrawi issue

South Africa’s deputy foreign minister met with the prime minister of Western Sahara on Sunday as part of a four-day visit to the long-disputed government seeking independence from Morocco. The visit by Llewellyn Landers aims to deepen diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), according to…

Morocco, Western Sahara talks set for December

Morocco, Western Sahara talks set for December

Horst Kohler, the United Nations Special Envoy on Western Sahara, has invited the Polisario Front to a first round of talks with Morocco in December in Geneva, according to Sahara Press Service. The official media outlet aligned with Western Sahara independence said the Polisario Front received its invitation on Friday…

SADR welcomes UN Security Council decision on MINURSO

A Sahrawi spokesman said Monday that Western Sahara leaders welcomed the United Nations Security Council decision to extend the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) for another six months. Mohammed Khadad said the decision reflects a turning point in the UN approach to the Sahrawi issue, in comments reported by…

Morocco announces withdrawal from Western Sahara border region

Morocco announced it will withdrawal forces from the Guerguerat region of Western Sahara, a move expected to reduce tensions between the government and armed elements of the Polisario Front maintaining their decades-long call for an independent state. Reuters reports the decision came just days after a phone call between King…

Morocco delegation begins East African tour

King Mohammed VI of Morocco began a visit Tuesday to East Africa, where the troubled nation of Ethiopia is on an itinerary that also includes Rwanda and Tanzania. His first stop is in Kigali. The Moroccan delegation includes a number of top-level ministers traveling with the king, including Minister of…

Morocco files long-awaited AU membership request

Morocco has submitted an official request to join the African Union (AU), more than four decades after leaving the AU over the disputed Western Sahara territory and ongoing clashes over its sovereignty. Moroccan foreign affairs adviser Taieb Fassi Fihri, meeting Thursday with AU Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, told…