Zambia revokes recognition of Western Sahara

Zambia has revoked its recognition of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western Sahara), foreign Affairs minister Kabinga Pande announced in Morocco.
Western Sahara is a disputed territory in West Africa currently under the governance of Morocco. It is recognised by the UN and more than 80 countries
The territory is phosphate-rich and believed to have offshore oil deposits.
Zambia recognised Sahrawi as country on October 12, 1979.
Zambian Foreign Minister Kabinga Pande who is currently in Morocco made the announcement on Saturday but gave no reasons for the revocation.
Pande addressed a joint press conference with Morrocan Foreign Affairs Mnister Taib Fassi Fihri.
Kabinga said that “the Republic of Zambia actually withdrew its recognition of the SADR on March 29, 2011”.
Kabinga is in Morroco for the so called strengthening political dialogue and promoting bilateral relations, at the economic, technical and cultural levels.

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