East Timor–Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic relations

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East Timorese–Sahrawi relations
Map indicating locations of East Timor and Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

East Timor

Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic

East Timor–Sahrawi Republic relations refers to the current and historical relations between the East Timor and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR). The SADR was the first state to establish formal diplomatic relations with East Timor, after its independence on 20 May 2002,[1] in part due to the long-time strong ties and the historical parallels between the two national liberation movements, FRETILIN and POLISARIO.[2] A Sahrawi embassy was opened in Dili in 2010,[3] during Xanana Gusmao's government.


  1. ^ "On the establishment of diplomatic relations between East Timor and the SADR" (in French). ARSO - Association de soutien à un Référendum libre et régulier au Sahara Occidental. Retrieved 2012-08-22.
  2. ^ José Ramos-Horta (2005-10-31). "The dignity of the ballot". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-02-17.
  3. ^ "Fourth Committee Approves Five Consensus Texts Reaffirming Inalienable Right to Self-Determination and Independence". United Nations General Assembly. Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2012-03-23. Lisualdo Gaspar, Director of Bilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Timor‑Leste: "In fact, he added, Timor‑Leste had accorded full diplomatic representation to the Embassy of the "Saharawi Republic" in its capital, Dili, in 2010"