It's time for AU to stand firmly in support of Sahrawi, says Ghali

2017-01-10 17:02
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Pretoria - Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghali has reportedly said that he is confident the incoming United Nations (UN) Secretary General Antonio Guterres will prioritise his country's independence.

According to SABC, Ghali also urged the African Union (AU) to reject the re-admission of Morocco into the continental body.

"It is quite unfortunate to see that despite the fact that colonialism should be over, one of the African territories still suffers direct occupation by the Kingdom of Morocco. It is about time that Africa and the AU stand firmly in support of Sahrawi and the Sahrawi people. The Sahrawian people have been fighting for independence from Morocco for decades," Ghali was quoted as saying.

Ghali in South Africa on a working visit after being invited by President Jacob Zuma.

Western Sahara, which is found between Morocco and Algeria in Northern Africa, has been occupied by Morocco since 1975.

The South African has been one of the staunch supporters of the Saharawi people.

Their struggle for independence is seen as the last anti-colonial struggle on the continent.

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