On Sunday, Algeria and South Africa issued a joint statement on the issue of Western Sahara and Israel’s membership in the African Union as an observer.
The statement came within the framework of the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa to Algeria, and the two sides “expressed their concern about the deterioration of the general landscape of peace and security on the African continent, and stressed the need to adhere to the principle of African solutions to African problems, conflicts and crises on the continent.”
The two sides also affirmed “their joint commitment to the unity of the African Union in line with the principles and objectives stipulated in the Constitutive Act of the Union,” and expressed “the urgent need to work in order to avoid any factor that might endanger the unity of the continental organization,” referring to the file of Israel’s admission as an observer member of the AU. the African Union.
With regard to the issue of Western Sahara, the two sides affirmed their “firm commitment to support the legitimate struggle of the Sahrawi people for the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination. They called on the new Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to revitalize the mission of the United Nations with a view to implementing the settlement plan unanimously adopted by the Security Council Through its Resolution 690, and in close coordination with the African Union to ensure the implementation of the Peace and Security Council resolution adopted on March 9, 2021, inviting the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front, both members of the African Union, to start direct negotiations without preconditions.
Regarding the Libyan file, the two countries’ foreign ministers affirmed their “strong rejection of all foreign interference in the internal affairs of Libya,” and stressed “the need for the international community to sincerely support the efforts led by the Libyans, which aim to ensure preparations for the upcoming general elections, the reunification of national institutions, and the withdrawal of mercenaries.” foreign armed forces and national reconciliation.
Source: Al-Shorouk newspaper, Algeria
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