a tweet from the Kenyan president raising questions

On Wednesday September 14, William Ruto announced in a tweet the severance of his diplomatic relations with the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), before deleting it a few hours later.

as reported from Nairobi, Florence Morice

Is this a volte face or not? And what will be Nairobi’s attitude towards the Sahrawi Republic in the end? There has been silence on the side of the Kenyan presidency since Wednesday. No explanation was given for this deleted tweet. In another message still visible to him, President William Ruto only states that his country “supports” UN mediation on the issue of Western Sahara, as the “exclusive mechanism to find a lasting solution” to the conflict between Rabat and the Polisario over this. disputed territory.

Interview with the Moroccan foreign minister… But beyond the substance, it is the method used by the new Kenyan president that arouses reactions and questions. An informal announcement, in a tweet, and unexpectedly, while 24 hours earlier, the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, attended his inauguration in Nairobi.

This tweet was written after an interview with the new president and Moroccan foreign minister Nasser Bourita. During this meeting, the two countries promised to strengthen their cooperation. However, the issue of Western Sahara is “the prism through which Morocco views its international environment”. It was King Mohamed VI himself who said as much last month, calling on his partners to “clarify” their position on the subject in order to support Rabat “unequivocally”.

Kenya supports the UN framework as the exclusive mechanism to find a lasting solution to the Western Sahara dispute. pic.twitter.com/8ax4TBvenS

— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) September 14, 2022

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