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Sunday 10 July 2016

Zambia Withdraws Recognition of so-called SADR, Zambian FM

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 Zambia Withdraws Recognition of so-called SADR, Zambian FM

The Republic of Zambia has decided to withdraw its recognition of the so-called SADR, said, on Saturday in Rabat, Zambian foreign minister Harry Kalaba.

"The government of the Republic of Zambia has decided to withdraw its recognition of the so-called SADR and break off diplomatic relations with this entity", said Kabala at a joint press briefing with minister delegate for foreign affairs Nasser Bourita.

"The government of the Republic of Zambia expresses its strong support for the efforts of the United Nations under the aegis of the security council and the secretary general in order to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the issue of Sahara, in keeping with the relevant UNSC resolutions," said Kalaba.

"Pending the outcome of this UN process, the government of Zambia will maintain a neutral position," he stressed.

For his part, Bourita recalled that the Republic of Zambia, which had recognized the so-called SADR in 1979 and was a staunch supporter of the separatist thesis, decided to freeze this recognition in 2011 before backtracking on this decision in 2013 for political reasons.

Today, this recognition withdrawal will open a new chapter in the Moroccan-Zambian relations and contribute to promoting bilateral exchanges at all levels, Bourita added.

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