Southern African Liaison Office hosts seminar on Western Sahara – 7 Sept 2013

Pretoria, Sept 7, 2013 (SPS) – In collaboration with SADR embassy, the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) organized Thursday a seminar on Western Sahara under the theme: “for achieving a continental and international consensus to support Saharawi cause”.

The seminar was presided over by Mr. Ebrahim Ebrahim, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa.

Mr. Ebrahim reaffirmed his country’s strong and firm position of support to the Saharawi cause, noting that such position “goes back to decades of common struggle for the liberation of Africa under the leadership of the Polisario Front and African National Congress (ANC).”

Addressing the seminar, Saharawi Ambassador in South Africa Mr. Salha Al-Abd informed the attendees about latest developments in Western Sahara, notably the situation of human rights in the occupied territories.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to South Africa and SA’s civil society organizations.

Several other interventions emphasized the need to establish an effective solidarity platform working to push international community to assume responsibility in exerting pressure on Morocco, as an occupier power, to comply with the international legitimacy, as to work for the protection of human rights in the occupied of Western Sahara and release of all the Saharawi political prisoners.

Mr. Al-Ouali Mousa, Advisor to SADR embassy, was also present at the seminar.

The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) is a South African-based civil society organization which contributes to building peace and security through facilitating dialogue and consensus between national, regional and international actors. (SPS)



SALO Building Regional and International Consensus Workshop: EGYPT AND WESTERN SAHARA – 5 September 2013

ebrahim and Carmen

First Session:

Chair: Ms Carmen Smidt, ANC International Relations Manager, South South Cooperation

To the left: Mr Ebrahim Ebrahim, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa – Topic: Briefing on South African perspectives on two key foreign policy issues: Egypt and Western Sahara


Second Session:

From left to right:

Mohamed Mohamed Yahia, Ambassador of Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic

Prof. Khaled Ahmad Qasaymeh, UNISA: Nuclear Energy Law and International Law

Chair: Mr Aziz Pahad, Former SA deputy foreign minister

Mr Naeem

Mr Na’eem Jeenah, Executive Director of the Afro-Middle East Centre (AMEC)


Mr Lucian Segami, Head of the International Department for NEHAWU (National Health Education and Allied Workers’ Union) and SALO Board Member



SALO’s Building International, Regional and National Consensus policy dialogue sessions bring together national, regional and international stakeholders, including civil society, policymakers and diplomats, to encourage greater North/ South policy dialogue and to discuss ways they can engage moving forward on issues of importance in Southern Africa in particular. You can read more about SALO’s policy dialogue sessions here.

Please click on the links below to download :

Policy Dialogue Report No.19: Egypt and Western Sahara – 5 September 2013