Saharawi President regrets Japan complicity with Morocco’s plunder of Saharawi fishing resources

Yokohama (Japan) 31 August 2019 (SPS)- The President of the Saharawi Republic, Mr. Brahim Ghali, regretted Japan’s complicity with Morocco in the illegal exploitation of Saharawi fishing resources, in a statement during a reception he granted on Saturday to members of Sahara-Japan Journalist Association (SJJA) in Yokohama, Japan.

During a meeting he held with Representative of SJJA, Mrs. Itsuko Hirata,  and member of Japanese Parliamentarian Friendship Association for Western Sahara, Mr. Mito Kakizawa, Brahim Ghali noted the strong ties that links Japan and Morocco, considering that such friendship should not push Japan to enter in illegal agreements with Morocco that include the territory and waters of the Saharawi Republic.

The Saharawi President further estimated that Japan should be neutral regarding the conflict in Western Sahara, and refrain from showing any sort of support to the Moroccan illegal occupation of parts of the national territory of the Saharawi Republic.

The meeting also discussed various other issues related to the different possible forms of support to the Saharawi cause within Japan, including through existing associations such as SJJA and the parliamentarian group of friendship.

The meeting was also attended by the Saharawi Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr. Mohamed Salem Uld Salek, the Counsellor to the Presidency, Mr. Abdati Breika, and Saharawi Permanent Representative in the AU, Mr. Lamine Baali.

The Presidential delegation it should be recalled participated to the various meetings of the 7th Summit of TICAD that took place from the 26th to the 30th August 2019 at the levels of High Officials, Ministers then Heads of States.

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