02 April 2014

African Union committed to support self-determination of Saharawi people


Addis Ababa, March 26, 2014 (SPS) - The Commissioner for Political Affairs of the African Union Dr. Aisha L. Abdullahi has expressed commitment of the AU to support the Saharawi people’s self-determination, hailing the well-organized life of the Saharawi refugees and the services provided to the citizens by the state in various domains.

In a press statement issued Monday about her visit to the Saharawi Republic (SADR), undertaken on March 16-18 2014, Mr. Abdullahi reiterated the African Union’s commitment “to continue to support the cause for self-determination of the Saharawi people,” expressing her satisfaction with “the well-organized life of Saharawi people, especially in the areas of women rights and welfare as well as the special attention given to the young people and culture.”

The AU Commissioner underlined that her visit to the SADR offered “an opportunity to see on the ground the resilience and unique experience of the Sahrawi state in the social and political domains as well as the various services provided to the citizens by the Sahrawi government despite the difficult conditions and the dawdling donor support.

She then announced a contribution of the African Union of a token amount of USD 100,000 in support of women empowerment activities in the Saharawi refugee camps.

During her 2-day visit to the Saharawi Republic (SADR), Dr. Aisha L. Abdullahi met with several officials in the Saharawi state including Mr. Abdelkader Taleb Omar, prime minister, Mr. Khatri Addouh, speaker of the Saharawi National Council (parliament), Mr. Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, minister of foreign affairs and Mr. Abdulrahman Abdallah, minister of African affairs, Mrs. Khadija Hamdi, minister of culture, Mr. Mohamed Lamine Bouhali, minister of national defense, Mr. Bah Dih Chikh Mohamed, the then minister of justice, Mr. Mohammed El-Ouali Akik, minister of occupied territories and community abroad, Mrs. Al-Azza Brahim, governor of the Wilaya of Bujodour, Mr. Hamma Bunia, governor of El Aaiun, Mrs. Fatma Mahdi, secretary general of the Saharawi Women Union, and Mr. Bouhabeini Yahya, president of the Saharawi Red Crescent.

She, moreover, met with the UN Humanitarian Country Team operating in the Saharawi refugee camps as well as the representatives of international organizations.
During this visit, the Commissioner visited some facilities in the Wilaya of El Aaiun, of which the Water Filtration Center, vocational training center for women, and children with disabilities’ center.

She also witnessed the closing ceremony of the school year and participated in handing out gifts to excelling students at the state level. (SPS)


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