President of Republic expresses satisfaction with "distinguished" relations between Western Sahara and South Africa

Pretoria, Jan 2017 (SPS) - President of the Republic, Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, arrived Friday in Johannesburg, expressed his satisfaction with the "distinguished" relations between Western Sahara and South Africa.

As part of a working visit to South Africa at the invitation of his counterpart Jacob Zuma, Mr. Ghali expressed his "satisfaction with the distinguished relations" between the two countries, at the end of his meeting with the President of the Republic of South Africa.

The president of the Republic also welcomed the support of South Africa to the Sahrawi people in their struggle against the Moroccan occupation for self-determination in accordance with international legality.

The South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, had stressed that the visit of President Brahim Ghali in South Africa "is important because it comes in the wake of celebration of the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of the SADR", founded in 1976, and "at a time where the illegal occupation of Western Sahara by the Kingdom of the Morocco continues".

The visit of the President of the Republic in South Africa is intended to "further strengthen and consolidate the relations between the two countries", she added, recalling in this context that, in September 2004, South Africa had decided to recognize the SADR" when Morocco has shown clearly its refusal to hold a referendum of self-determination in Western Sahara in violation of resolution 1495 of the UN Security Council adopted in 2003 ". (SPS)