Spain and Morocco show their good relations: “This level of strength, solidity and trust has never been reached”

Almost two years later Joint Declaration of Spain and MoroccoMorocco’s foreign minister, Nasser Bourita, said relations with Spain are “at the best moment” and that “they have never reached this level of strength, solidity and trust”. Burita, who also describes Spain as an “exemplary neighbor”, received in Rabat this Thursday his Spanish counterpart, José Manuel Albarez, on an official visit to the Kingdom.

Burita added that relations between the two countries have strengthened since the signing of the “road map” in April 2022 and are based on “daily” work, trust and mutual respect, which means avoiding “unilateral decisions”. This makes it possible for the two neighbors to address sensitive and strategic issues such as cooperation in emigration, security and economy, the minister explained, according to the EFE agency.

Albarez also agreed that the relationship with Morocco “has never been so intense or fruitful for both (…) for many decades.” In this regard, he emphasized that trade exchanges between the two countries set a record in 2022 and exceeded 20 billion euros with “double-digit growth” and, he said, another record is expected in 2023.

As it could not be otherwise, migration came up at the meeting and Albares congratulated Morocco for its “special work” to control migration flows, which at the moment mainly come from the Sahel region, as the minister specified. After his visit to Rabat, Albarez will travel to Senegal and Mauritania and discuss the issue of migration with his colleagues from both African countries, EFE reported.

Morocco’s official news agency, MAP, emphasized that Albares said in Rabat that “Spain’s position regarding the Sahara has not changed. The same is expressed Joint Declaration adopted on April 7, 2022“, in which the Spanish government recognized “the Moroccan autonomy initiative, presented in 2007, as the most serious, realistic and credible basis for resolving this dispute”.

Last spring, the government’s president, Pedro Sánchez, abruptly reversed Spain’s policy on Western Sahara, backing Morocco’s autonomy plan for the region and siding with Rabat in the historic conflict. It was worthy of criticism from all sides. Sánchez defended at the time that “Spain has not neglected the cause of the Sahrawi people”, condemned by Sahrawis themselves as well as Spanish groups.

According to the MAP, Burita and Albares expressed “the firm commitment of the two countries to continue promising cooperation, to continue using the elements of the road map (…), to accelerate its use and to identify new ways of association.”

Source: El Diario

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