39th SADC Summit: Namibian President asserts Western Sahara is decolonization issue

Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), August 17, 2019) - Namibian President and former Chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Mr. Hage Geingob, affirmed in his speech at the opening session of the 39th SADC Summit in Tanzania that the issue of Western Sahara is a decolonization issue and the right of self-determination of the Sahrawi people.

The Namibian President affirmed the SADC's firm stance on the Sahrawi issue, recalling that the group organized last March in South Africa a conference in solidarity with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, and thanked the President of South Africa for hosting this conference.

The 39th Summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) held in the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam started on Saturday. It will continue until Monday, during which Tanzanian President, Mr. John Magufuli, will assume the rotating presidency of the SADC. (SPS)