After President William Ruto deleted the tweet denouncing the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), the situation between Kenya and the SADR appeared to become even more muddled.
On Wednesday, September 14, less than an hour after the announcement, the tweet was deleted. The declaration was made by the president after he met with King Mohammed VI of Morocco, where he rejected Sahrawi’s claim to independence.
The president had previously stated that the Kenyan government will remove the entity’s existence in the country by closing the embassy in Kilimani, Nairobi.
“At State House in Nairobi, received a congratulatory message from His Majesty King Mohammed VI. Kenya rescinds its recognition of the SADR and initiates steps to wind down the entity’s presence in the country.”
“Kenya supports the United Nations framework as the exclusive mechanism to find a lasting solution of the dispute over Western Sahara,” president stated in the deleted tweet a minutes later.
The monarch of Morocco praised Ruto’s move, saying that it will help improve bilateral ties over the following six months.