Before South Sudan held a referendum to break away from Sudan, Polisario supported the independence of South Sudan but it is no longer a friend of your friend concept.
South Sudan has officially announced that it does not recognize the Polisario proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
The Western Sahara is a disputed territory claimed by both the Kingdom of Morocco and the Polisario Front.
“We fully respect the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Morocco,” South Sudanese Foreign Minister Nhial Deng Nhial said during the meeting with Morocco’s Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita.
The two officials met in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Nhial said that South Sudan respects Morocco’s territorial and does not recognize the Polisario’s self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
King Mohammed VI of Morocco paid a two-day visit to Juba in February 2017 and vowed to support South Sudan development projects in the country after a tour at field hospital donated by his country.
Morocco has claimed Western Sahara since colonial power Spain left in 1975. But Polisario fought a guerrilla war for independence for the Sahrawi people until a United Nations-backed ceasefire in 1991, monitored by U.N. peacekeepers.