South Sudan decides to restore diplomatic relations with Sahrawi Republic

APS - 21 September 2022

BIR LAHLOU (Sahrawi liberated territories)- The Republic of South Sudan decided to restore its diplomatic relations with the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), the Sahrawi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Tuesday in a statement.

"The Sahrawi delegation met, on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, South Sudan's delegation to give concrete expression to the willingness of the two brotherly countries to restore their diplomatic relations, in accordance with the principles and objectives of the African Union (AU), as they are two member countries of the continental organization," according to the communiqué of the Sahrawi news agency SPS.

This meeting was attended, on the South Sudanese side, by Vice-President Hussein Abdelbagi Akol, the ambassador and permanent representatives to the United Nations Akuei Bona Malwal as well as counselor of the Permanent Mission to the United Nations Margaret Gabriel Chang.

On the Sahrawis side, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, the Polisario Front's permanent representative to the United Nations ambassador Sidi Mohamed Omar, permanent deputy representative to the United Nations Malainine Salama as well as officials of the Latin America and Caribbean region took part in this meeting.

South Sudan and the Sahrawi Republic exchanged recognition in 2011.

In 2011, the government of South Sudan received officials of the Polisario Front and announced its recognition of the Sahrawi Republic.