Monday, March 27

Sánchez speaks with the King of Morocco after supporting his proposal for the Sahara to close the crisis

Call to the highest level to make clear the end of the crisis: Pedro Sánchez has spoken by phone with the King of Morocco, Mohamed VI, in a new gesture of the recovery of relations after the president has given a historic turn to the Spain’s traditional position regarding the Sahara by supporting the autonomy proposal made by the Alaouite kingdom in 2007. That was the step that the Government had to take to put an end to one of the biggest diplomatic crises with the neighboring country after the reception of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Galli, in a hospital in La Rioja to receive medical assistance. “We launched a roadmap that consolidates the new stage between two neighboring countries, strategic partners, based on transparency, mutual respect and compliance with agreements,” the president said in a tweet.

Sánchez’s conversation with the Moroccan king took place on the eve of the Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, who was the architect of the operation, traveling to Rabat to meet with his counterpart, Naser Burita, in what will be the first photo of the recomposition of relations between the two countries, although it has already had some milestones such as the communiqués of the kingdom of Morocco about the turn of Spain with respect to its former colony or the return of the ambassador to Madrid. One of the issues they intend to address during the meeting is Sánchez’s future visit to Morocco.

The Sánchez government emphasizes the recomposition of relations with Morocco, a strategic partner of Spain especially in the control of migratory flows, in the face of the harsh criticism it has received from the entire parliamentary arch for the historic change with respect to the Sahara. All the parties, including United We Can, questioned the decision before Sánchez this Wednesday in Congress. The president defended that it is not possible to speak of change but of a “further step” on the path that José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero began by welcoming the Moroccan proposal that he considers the “most serious, realistic and credible basis” to resolve in conflict.

“I do not downplay the decision we have made now. I have taken it with the full desire to take a step forward”, he stated in Parliament before asking the groups to take into account the “complexity” of the problem. “We have reaffirmed and deepened our position precisely now because a new window of opportunity has just opened,” he argued, referring to the appointment of a new UN special envoy.