Western Sahara: South Africa calls on Biden to backtrack on Trump’s unilateral decision

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PRETORIA-South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor said, on Thursday, that she hoped the new U.S. president Joe Biden would reverse the decision announced, in December, by his predecessor Donald Trump regarding recognition of Morocco’s alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara.

According to the South African news wesite, Daily Maverick, Ms.Pandor recalled, during a webinar relating to her country’s foreign policy, that the proclamation, made by Donald Trump, on December 10 goes against the UN resolutions in favor of the organization of a referendum for the self-determination of the Saharawi people.

The former US president made his announcement in return for the normalization of relations between Morocco and the Zionist entity.

This decision, which provoked outrage in countries and international organizations, had, also, been strongly criticized in the United States.

More generally, Ms. Pandor said she hoped that the new tenant of the White House would act in the direction of improving relations between the United States and African countries.

An improvement that should be based on “respect” and “cooperation”, she pointed out.

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