Moroccan official says restoring relations with Spain needs a lot of clarity – Middle East Monitor
Morocco believes that restoring relations with Spain needs a lot of clarity, government spokesman Mustapha Baitas said in remarks to the media after a cabinet meeting on Thursday.
“With regard to Spain… King Mohammed VI underlined, last August, the importance of strategic relations between Rabat and Madrid… two years ago, the King also set the benchmark for the external relations of our countries with a group of countries in two main principles: ambition and clarity. “, said Baitas.
“The ambition is there and Spain has expressed it, but for the ambition to be strengthened we need a lot of clarity,” he added.
The position of the Moroccan government comes days after the King of Spain, Felipe VI, stressed the importance of redefining relations between his country and Morocco on stronger and more solid pillars.
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In May last year, Morocco recalled Karima Benyaich, its ambassador to Spain, for consultation after news broke that Spain was sheltering Polisario Front leader Brahim Ghali.
The decision by senior Spanish officials to allow Ghali to stay in a hospital in Spain angered Morocco, which described the move as going against the spirit of partnership and cooperation between the two countries.
The diplomatic crisis between the two countries escalated further in May, when at least 6,000 migrants reached the Spanish enclave of Ceuta from neighboring Morocco, angering Madrid.
At the time, Spanish officials said most of the migrants came from Morocco.