Sweden FM: It is time to organize free referendum in Western Sahara

Stockholm, 10 January 2021 (SPS) - Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde called for (the organization) for a free self-determination referendum in Western Sahara, welcoming the recent statements by former US national security adviser, John Bolton in which he criticized the recognition of Morocco's alleged "sovereignty" over Western Sahara, in exchange for the normalization with Israel.

The Swedish minister's statements came during a digital interview organized on Friday by the Swedish socialist youth party, on the Swedish foreign policy, international relations and political positions, and the country solidarity vis-à-vis certain causes of liberation, decolonization and human rights.

Western Sahara question has been at the center of the debate moderated by the chief of the socialist youth’s external relations department. The questions of the speakers were mainly focused on Sweden position with regard to the latest developments.

In her responses, the Swedish foreign minister said that her country "has always opposed any illegal agreement within the EU, such as the Fisheries Agreement, has insisted on the importance of allowing the Sahrawi people to access their human rights."

The Western Sahara question has been inscribed by the United Nations for a long time, added Ann Linde, regretting that many countries put their relations with Morocco before this question.

She also announced that next week she would meet with Moroccan foreign minister and express her concern over the Sahrawi question. (SPS)