More than 10 years after the Kingdom of Morocco pulled out its ambassador from Pretoria, South Africa, Morocco and Southern Africa will resume diplomatic ties, announced South African President Jacob Zuma.
The kingdom recalled its 2004 ambassador from South Africa when then South Africa President Thabo Mbeki recognized a breakaway region in West Sahara where Morocco claims as part of its territory.
President Zuma stated that Morocco is an African nation and the need to have relations with the country. In fact, they never really had problems from their side because Morocco was the first to pullout diplomatic relations.
Zuma and King Mohammed VI met a week ago during the African Union-European Union summit.
During the meeting, Morocco expressed that even if there are different stand with regards to the subject of Western Sahara, both countries must have a pleasant relationship.
During President Zuma’s state of the nation address, he reaffirmed South Africa’s government position to support decolonization and self-determination for West Sahara.
Ever since 1975, the Kingdom of Morocco has taken control majority of Western Sahara’s phosphates and oil. In 1991, a ceasefire required a referendum on self-determination for Western Sahara, however, the vote did not happen.
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