SA, Saharawi Presidents to forge greater relations

Monday, June 4, 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa will this week host the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, President Brahim Ghali, for a working visit.

It is expected that the two Heads of State will on Tuesday review bilateral cooperation between the two countries and exchange views on issues of common interest and mutual concern.


In a statement on Sunday, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said South Africa and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic enjoy cordial and fraternal relations that were forged during the struggle against colonialism and apartheid.

South Africa formally recognised the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic on 15 September 2004.

“South Africa continues to support the inalienable right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination and independence,” the department said.

Over the years, South Africa has extended material and technical support to the cause of the people of Western Sahara.

The two countries have thus far concluded agreements in the fields of diplomacy; sports development; technical cooperation; and humanitarian assistance.

President Ramaphosa will host his counterpart with the support of Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu and the Minister of State Security Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba. –