Western Sahara decolonization: Lamamra calls for African peoples solidarity

Algiers, November 29, 2016 (SPS) - Completing the decolonization process of Africa is dependent on the support of the peoples of the continent to the Sahrawi cause, said Tuesday in Algiers Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra.

In his opening address at the international symposium on "Algeria's contribution to the decolonization in Africa," Lamamra said to be convinced that "the achievement of the decolonization process in Africa and the full recognition of peoples' right to self-determination depend on the solidarity between the African peoples and their support to the Sahrawi cause in accordance with the international law."

"Algeria, which has remained faithfull to its unchanging principles and its deeply-held convictions as regards people's right to self-determination, has provided the necessary political, diplomatic, military and financial support to many African states to help them recover their sovereignty and freedom," said the minister, adding that "Algeria has also contributed to the training of revolutionary leaders who played a key role in the independence of their countries."

Among those principles of the Algerian diplomacy, under the leadership of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Lamamra mentioned its commitment to promoting peace and stability among peoples and its contribution to the resolution of conflicts through peaceful means, in accordance with the November Revolution values.

"Algeria has also remained faithful to the fact of belonging to Africa, and has made huge efforts to promote cooperation and strengthen its relations with the different African States, for the achievement of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty, illiteracy and diseases," said the minister.

In this regard, Lamamra underlined President Bouteflika's initiative to write off the debt of many African countries.

The minister added that the business meeting, which will take place in Algiers in the few coming days, would allow examining means to promote cooperation between African businessmen, exploring partnership and investment opportunities and boosting trade cooperation for the common interest of African peoples.

The Algerian Revolution was "a source of inspiration for all peoples and nations and all liberation movements around the world," stressed Lamamra.

"When the African continent was the most exposed to the throes of colonialism and racial discrimination in all its forms, Algeria was the destination for major African figures of resistance like South Africa's Nelson Mandela, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Mozambique's Samora Machel, Guinea-Bissau's Amilcar Cabral, Namibia's Sam Nujoma and Angola's Agostinho Neto," said the Foreign minister.SPS