SA recognises Saharawi

2004-09-15 16:58

Cape Town - South Africa has decided to officially recognise the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic with immediate effect, said Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Wednesday.

Briefing the media at parliament, she said South Africa and the people of western Sahara had a long history of solidarity, mutual assistance and co-operation in their struggle for freedom and dignity.

In view of this South Africa and the Saharawi Republic had decided to strengthen and reinforce their "brotherly ties".