A framework agreement was signed Saturday in Boujedour (Sahrawi refugee camps), between the Ministry of Culture and Arts and the Sahrawi Ministry of Culture on the strengthening of cultural cooperation and the establishment of a Sahrawi national theatre, as part of the visit of the Minister of Culture, Soraya Mouloudji, to the Sahrawi refugee camps.
In a statement at the signing of the agreement with her Sahrawi counterpart, Moussa Selma, Ms. Mouloudji said that the signing of this agreement, which comes within the framework of “strengthening the ties of fraternity between the Algerian and Sahrawi peoples, aims to consolidate cooperation in various fields and artistic specialties, including the establishment of a Sahrawi theatre to assist culturally the Sahrawi people in order to make their cause known at the highest levels, by internationally promoting its cultural scene.
“The initiative to establish a national theatre of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is a long-standing cultural tradition, as well as a cultural step towards the future of the national sovereignty of the Sahrawi people on their territory,” the minister continued.
This structure will allow, through its theatrical works, to ” develop and enrich the Sahrawi cultural heritage, allowing Sahrawi artists to showcase their theatrical experience and bring their touch to the Arab and international theatrical scene, in addition to promoting the struggle of the Sahrawi people to the public opinion “, said Ms. Mouloudji.
The minister said that her sector has been working since the signing of the agreement of February 9, 2023 with the Saharawi Ministry of Culture, to ensure that the Saharawi National Theatre is established on a professional basis.
This agreement,” the Saharawi minister added, “also reaffirms the unwavering position of the Algerian people and government in support of all forms of resistance for Saharawi culture to be a real front for anchoring national values and identity, in order to defend the national cause in all international forums.
Mrs. Mouloudji had visited several Sahrawi cultural institutions, such as the National Schools of Cinema, Music, and Arts, as well as the National Museum of Resistance, and had meetings with the Sahrawi Prime Minister Bouchraya Hammoudi Bayoun and the Sahrawi Minister of the Interior, Meriem Salek Ahmada.
For her part, the Sahrawi Minister of the Interior, Mrs. Meriem Salek Ahmada, who is also a member of the Sahrawi National Secretariat, affirmed that Algeria “is a defender of freedoms, dignity, and values. It is the Mecca of revolutionaries in that it has helped and defended us while our neighbors stabbed us in the back after conspiring against us and invading our lands to divide us and try to exterminate our people…”.