Museveni in S.Africa to Attend SADC Conference on Western Sahara


Museveni gets on board of the Presidential jet before he departed to South Africa
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Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has Monday left the country to South Africa where he will be attending the SADC solidarity conference on Western Sahara.

President Museveni will participate in the two-day conference in Pretoria, South Africa. It will be co-hosted by South Africa, Namibia and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his welcome address at the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Solidarity Conference.

According to the South African Presidency, the conference follows a decision taken at the 37th Summit of the SADC heads of state and government, held in Pretoria in 2017 to convene the Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara.

It seeks, among other things, to reaffirm the right of the people of Western Sahara to self-determination in line with the principles of the Charter of the United Nations (UN) and applicable documents of the Organisation of the African Unity (OAU) and African Union (AU), the spokesperson to the South African President, Khusela Diko said.

As well, the conference will champion the implementation of the UN resolutions and OAU and AU decisions to allow the people of Western Sahara to exercise their right to self-determination.

“At the end of the conference the SADC heads of state and government and participating heads of state and government from other regions as well as political party formations and other organisations are expected to issue a declaration on Western Sahara,” said Diko in a statement.

At the end of the conference the SADC Heads of State and Government and participating Heads of State and Government from other regions as well as political party formations and other organizations are expected to issue a Declaration on Western Sahara.

The SADC Solidarity Conference with Western Sahara will also be attended by the former presidents and international organizations.

The conference is preceded by a one day meeting of the SADC Ministers and Ministers from other participating countries and regions as well civil society organizations and political party formations currently taking place in Pretoria.

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