President Masisi: Morocco must end its illegal occupation of parts of Saharawi Republic

Gaborone (Botswana) 26 January 2021 (SPS)- The President of the Republic of Botswana, H.E. Dr. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, considered that Morocco must end its illegal occupation of parts of the Saharawi Republic, during his reception of Saharawi Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, who is visiting Botswana as Special Envoy of the Saharawi President, H.E. Mr. Brahim Ghali.

President Masisi reiterated the principled and steadfast support Botswana has always granted to the Saharawi legitimate struggle for freedom, self-determination and independence, considering that Africa cannot be free unless the Saharawi Republic is totally free.

Botswana President further considered that the African Union and African countries cannot accept the violation of the principles of the Constitutive Act of the Union, mainly the principles of the respect for the borders existing upon independence.

The meeting was an opportunity for the Saharawi Minister to highly praise Botswana for the advanced and honorable position on the conflict; stressing the important role it can play within regional, continental and international forums.

The meeting was also attended by Botswana Minister for International Affairs and Cooperation, Hon. Dr. Lemogang Kwape, Director of the Department for Africa, Dr. Charles Masole, and the Saharawi Ambassador to Botswana, Mr. Malainin Mohamed.

On Monday, the Saharawi Minister was received by his Botswana peer, Dr. Lemogang Kwape, at the Ministery of International Affairs, in the presence of members of the Ministry's Staff and the Saharawi Ambassador.

The Special Envoy visited other countries during the last few weeks, to brief them on the latest developments in the conflict in Western Sahara after the resumption of war between the armies of the Sahrawi Republic and the occupying army of Moroco last November 13, 2020. (SPS)

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