President of the Republic of Ireland receives high-level Saharawi delegation

Dublin (Ireland), March 7, 2019 (SPS) – The President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael DHiggins, received a Saharawi delegation composed of the Delegate Minister for Europe and member of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Sidati, and the Ambassador Counselor in Chancellery and member of the National Secretariat of the Polisario Front, Mohamed Yeslem Beisat.

The reception, took place in the Presidency of Ireland, and the delegation delivered a message from the President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Secretary General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Gali, to his Irish counterpart, which addresses the latest political developments and progress in the peace process led by the UN.

In the framework of the official visit to Dublin, the Saharawi delegation had the opportunity to hold meetings with important political leaders of this European nation in order to strengthen bilateral relations and expose the position of the Saharawi government and the Polisario Front regarding the work in the process of decolonization and changes at the regional and continental levels. Read more

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The Irish Senate approves a law that controls economic activity related to occupied territories

By a small vote difference (from 20 to 25), the Irish Senate passed a law banning the importation of goods from occupied territories.

The bill is unprecedented for an EU member state, but it is not yet law.

The Senate bill provides for a ban on trading goods and services originating in the occupied territories based on the 4th Geneva Convention for the Protection of Civilians in Time of War and under customary international humanitarian law.

This is the first bill of its kind in the EU. To become law, it must be ratified by the lower house of parliament. That is not likely to happen, as the ruling Fine Gael Irish government wants an EU response rather than unilateral measures. Read more

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