The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as a fully aligned member of the AU, days after President William Ruto announced Kenya had cut ties with the Western Shara nation.
A statement from PS Macharia Kamau to the African Union and African diplomats in the country says Kenya is fully aligned with the decisions of AU Assemblies of Heads of State on the Western Sahara republic as well as recognizing it as a member of the OAU.
”Kenya’s position on the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is fully aligned with; the decision of the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) to admit SADR to its membership on 22nd August 1982, and the AU Charter which calls for the unquestionable and inalienable right of a people to self-determination.
“Further, the country aligns itself with decisions of subsequent AU Assemblies of Heads of State and Government on SADR,” Mr Kamau said in the statement dated September 16th.
Last week, a day after President Ruto took office, he tweeted:
“Kenya rescinds its recognition of the SADR and initiates steps to wind down the entity’s presence in the country.”
A tweet that was later deleted. Sahrawi President Brahim Ghali attended Dr. Ruto’s inauguration at Kasarani.