President Mnangagwa welcomes Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic special envoy at Munhumutapa offices

A special envoy sent by the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic President Brahim Ghali, has paid tribute to Zimbabwe for its continued support for the Saharawi Republic’s right to exist as an independent state in line with the resolutions adopted by the African Union.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa received a special envoy of the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Mr Ouldsalek Salem, Minister of Foreign Affairs, who delivered a message from President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, President Brahim Ghali.

President Mnangagwa has reaffirmed Zimbabwe’s support to the Saharawi people’s right to freedom and independence.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting attended by Zimbabwe’s Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo, Mr Salem said he appraised President Mnangagwa on latest developments regarding the question of Western Sahara in light of current international efforts for the decolonisation of the country.

Mr Salem expressed optimism the new administration in Zimbabwe will take the already good relations to a higher level.

He thanked President Mnangagwa for reaffirming the position of Zimbabwe to support the just struggle of the Saharawi people and for supporting the AU resolutions.

Mr Salem said former Germany President Horst Kohler has been nominated as United Nations Special Envoy and is working to put an end to the conflict between the Saharawi Republic and Morocco.

A former Spanish colony, the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic was annexed by Morocco in 1975. Since then it has been the subject of a long-running territorial dispute between Morocco and its indigenous Saharawi people, led by the Polisario Front.