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Monday, June 25, 2012

Joint Communique

JOINT COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE OFFICIAL VISIT TO TANZANIA BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SAHARAWI ARAB DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, H.E. MOHAMED ABDELAZIZ

DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA 25 JUNE, 2012


At the invitation of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, H.E. Mohamed Abdelaziz made a two-day official visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 24th to 25th June, 2012. H.E. President Abdelaziz was accompanied by Honourable Ministers and other senior officials of the Government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

H.E. President Abdelaziz arrived on 24th June, 2012 and was warmly received at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport by his host, H.E. President Kikwete as well as Honourable Ministers and other senior officials of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The two-day visit was mainly for the purpose of strengthening the brotherly and historical bilateral relations that so happily exist between the Governments and Peoples of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

On 25th June, 2012, H.E. President Kikwete and H.E. President Abdelaziz held official talks and discussed bilateral issues, the current peace process in Western Sahara; regional issues as well as other issues of mutual interests to their two countries. The two Presidents expressed their satisfaction at the excellent historical and fraternal relations that have been maintained between the Governments and peoples of their two countries and exchanged ideas on how best they can further strengthen the relations.

With regard to bilateral issues, H.E. President Abdelaziz expressed gratitude on behalf of the Government and the Saharawi people as well as on his own behalf for the support that they continue to enjoy from the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania in their tireless efforts in search for a peaceful solution to the Western Saharan conflict that had remained unresolved for decades now. In this connection, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania reiterated its unflinching support for the of the right self determination to the people of Saharawi.

Their Excellencies the two Presidents underscored the need to further strengthen the existing relations between their two countries by exploring possible areas of cooperation that would be of mutual benefit to the peoples of the two countries. They particularly noted that the Public Civil Service is an area they can explore possible cooperation between their two countries, most particularly training of their respective civil servants. To this end, Their Excellencies the two Presidents instructed the Ministers responsible for Public Civil Service to meet and initiate action.

With respect to the peace process in Western Sahara, Their Excellencies the two Presidents noted, with great concern, that the conflict of Western Sahara has remained unresolved for decades and the Saharawi people are yet to determine their destiny, hence, causing great suffering to the Saharawi people. They therefore jointly called upon the AU, the UN and the international community, as a whole, to take their responsibilities in ensuring that a peaceful resolution to the conflict is found sooner and not later.

At the end of his visit, H.E. President Abdelaziz expressed gratitude to the Government and People of the United Republic of Tanzania for the brotherly welcome and warm hospitality accorded to him and his delegation during their brief visit.

H.E. President Abdelaziz and his entourage departed Dar es Salaam on the 25th June, 2012. At the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Airport, he was seen off by his host, H.E. President Kikwete, Honourable Ministers and other senior Government officials of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.


ISSUED AT DAR ES SALAAM ON 25TH JUNE, 2012


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