Eric Naki
Political Editor
3 minute read
16 Nov 2021
4:30 am

Pandor ‘snubs’ Morocco’s autonomy proposal for Western Sahara

Eric Naki

It is understood that in 2007 Morocco proposed a plan where everybody within Western Sahara would participate in a referendum without discrimination.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor. Picture: Gallo Images

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Dr Naledi Pandor has snubbed Morocco by ignoring its latest proposal of autonomy and a referendum for Western Sahara. Instead the minister paid a two-day official visit to the neighbouring Algeria at the weekend, to discuss the strengthening of bilateral relations. The two countries expressed satisfaction with the quality and depth of their bilateral relations, anchored in the common struggles respectively against colonialism and apartheid, and they expressed their willingness to further enhance their economic cooperation. African and global developments also featured prominently in the wide-ranging discussions between Pandor and Algeria’s minister of foreign affairs,...