(FILES) This file photo taken on April 12, 2017 shows South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attending celebrations for his 75th birthday in Kliptown, Soweto. AFP / John WESSELS
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South Africa and Morocco will resume diplomatic ties more than a decade after Morocco withdrew its ambassador from Pretoria, South African President Jacob Zuma said in a newspaper interview published Sunday.Morocco recalled its ambassador from South Africa in 2004 after former South African president Thabo Mbeki recognized a breakaway region in the Western Sahara, which Morocco claims as part of its territory.South Africa's official government position -- as re-affirmed by Zuma in one of his state of the nation addresses -- is to support "self-determination and decolonization for the Western Sahara".
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