Chahid El Hafed, 25/06/2006 (SPS) The President of the Republic, Mohamed Abdelaziz, received, on Saturday, a Director of the British oil company, “Comet Oil” who is undertaking a visit to the Saharawi Republic (SADR).

Mr. Groom reaffirmed, to the national press, the engagement of his company in favour of the “Saharawi people legitimate right to independence” and its determination to “keep up with its cooperation with the Saharawi Republic”.

“Optimist regarding the oil and gas potential of the Saharawi Republic”, Mr. Groom added that following the agreement signed with the Saharawi Government, his company “will make use of all its relations in favour of a solution to the conflict in favour of the legitimate interest of the Saharawi people”.

Mr. Groom, who visited the Wilaya of Smara and the 27 of February camps, declared having been “impressed by the resistance of the Saharawi people and their capacity to organise themselves in such a difficult context as exile”.

“Comet oil”, in addition to 7 other Oil companies, signed in March 2006 in London an agreement of cooperation with the Saharawi Republic, and chose the offshore block of “Guelta”, for its activities of exploration. (SPS)

25 JuneĀ 2006