South Africa signs MOU with Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic

Pretori, March 29, 2018 (SPS) -  The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Lindiwe Sisulu, and Hon Bulahi Sid, Minister of Cooperation of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), signed on Thursday, 29 March 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Technical Assistance and the Exchange of Notes on Humanitarian Assistance to the Western Saharawi refugee camps.

Speaking at the ceremony of signing, Hon Bulahi Sid said that the signing of this instrument is a new step to further enhance the brotherly existing relations that have bound the people of South Africa and the Sahrawi people.

Saharawi Republic Minister of Cooperation went on saying “today’s event will signal our common determination and dedication to continue to make our effort for a free, peaceful and democratic Africa our utmost priority.”

In his statement at the occasion, he has also stressed that the end of colonialism from the last African colony of Western Sahara is a mission, which the African Union and the United Nations are taking very seriously. It is also the mission of every African who cannot tolerate that our continent continues to be victim of centuries of colonization and discrimination.

Saharawi official reminded that this year we should honor Nelson Mandela the icon who inspired the world as symbol of human dignity and courage and whose memory is celebrated the World over.

The MoU forms part of the political and humanitarian assistance the South African government is extending to the people of Western Sahara, the last colony on the African continent. South Africa maintains a position that Saharawi people must be allowed to exercise their right to self-determination and independence.SPS