Sahara Press Service (El Aaiun)

17 March 2014

Morocco: AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Continues Her Visit to Sahrawi Refugee Camps

Shaheed Hafed — African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs Dr. Aisha Abdullahi continues her visit to the Sahrawi Wilayas and Institutions, where was received Monday by the Minister of Culture, Khadija Hamdi, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Culture.

Dr. Aisha Abdullahi described the visit as "very important" through which she could view the "tangible" reality of the struggle of the Sahrawi people, who she called the "miracle people."

The Minister briefed her guest of the difficult stages undergone by the struggle of the Saharawi people and praised the position of the African Union and its important role in advocating the Sahrawi cause in the international forums, calling on the African countries to continue to put pressure on Morocco to comply with the international legitimacy.

The Minister also informed the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs about the violation of human rights committed by the Moroccan regime against the Sahrawi people in the occupied territories despite the presence of the MINURSO which does not have a mandate to monitor and protect human rights.

On the other hand, the delegation visited the Sahrawi Red Crescent where it held a meeting with its president, Bouhabeini Yahya.

The delegation also visited the Martyr Hanafi military base, where it was received by the Minister of Defense, Mohamed Lamine Bouhali, accompanied by cadres of the People's Liberation Army, and was presented with military parades.

The delegation will meet Monday evening Prime Minister Abdelkader Taleb Omar.

The delegation of the African Union Commissioner for Political Affairs had arrived Sunday on a visit in Sahrawi refugee camps lasting three days.

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