Morocco and Spain show the strength of their ties within the framework of the UN | Atalayar

New York is the setting for the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), which is attended by Heads of State and Government of the nations of the world, and this setting served to Morocco and Spain continue to demonstrate the good relations that currently exist between the two countries.

Nasser Bourita, Moroccan Minister for Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Living Abroad, and José Manuel Albares, Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, met on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in which they demonstrated that diplomatic relations between North African and European countries are at a high point.

Speaking of New York, Nasser Bourita described as “exemplary and unique” the collaborative relations between Morocco and Spain in various areas such as migration management, for example. In a statement to the media after meeting with José Manuel Albares, he stressed that the good dynamics of relations in this area will have positive repercussions at the bilateral and regional level, according to various media such as the Moroccan Rue20.

PHOTO/TWITTER/MOROCCO DIPLOMACY – Nasser Bourita and Jose Manuel Albares

Given the good dynamics of the ties between the two nations, Nasser Bourita announced that they would continue to deepen in this direction and announced that they would go further in the cooperation between the two nations with a next meeting scheduled for December focused on migration management and the fight against criminal networks involved in human trafficking.

In this area of ​​migration management and border control, Nasser Bourita also underlined the smooth running of Operation Crossing the Strait thanks to the good coordination shown by Morocco and Spain and the re-establishment of maritime links between the two countries.

For its part, José Manuel Albares underlined that the two parties continue to strengthen the Hispano-Moroccan friendship. “We continue to move forward in the new stage. We continue to strengthen the friendship between the Spanish and Moroccan peoples”, Albares said on the social network Twitter. He also welcomed the “intense” strategic partnership that unites Spain and Morocco and which opens “a new stage” based on “transparency, permanent communication and mutual respect”.

The Spanish Foreign Minister described his meeting with Nasser Bourita as “excellent” in order to take stock of the implementation of the roadmap agreed between the two countries and established by King Mohammed VI and the Spanish President, Pedro Sánchez, in Rabat when the Alaouite monarch received the Spanish leader during Ramadan as a sign of friendship after full restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries after a turbulent period of confrontation.

The problems came to a head when the Spanish government decided to welcome Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front, being treated for a serious respiratory condition in a hospital in Logroño in April 2021. Morocco criticized this episode and the fact that it was not duly informed by a country considered a partner and an ally.

From now on, there were episodes that heightened the tension between the two nations, such as the massive entry of thousands of illegal immigrants through the Ceuta border and the withdrawal of the Moroccan ambassador from Madrid.

Faced with such a negative scenario, Spain has made gestures of rapprochementsuch as those taken by King Felipe VI and the decision to appoint José Manuel Albares as Minister of Foreign Affairs to replace Arancha González Laya, marked by the Ghali affair.

But the key moment came when the Spanish government of Pedro Sánchez decided to support the Moroccan formula for establishing broad autonomy for Western Sahara under Moroccan sovereignty as the most “serious, realistic and credible” option to resolve the Saharawi conflict which lasted almost five decades, all under the postulates of the UN.

From then on, the diplomatic situation improved and Morocco decided to renew full ties. This is evidenced by King Mohammed VI’s invitation to President Pedro Sánchez to meet in Rabat in April 2022. A meeting during which the roadmap that marked the steps to be taken in various areas of the relationship between the two countries was been developed.

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PHOTO/FILE – Pedro Sanchez and Mohammed VI

During the last years, Morocco has received the support of important nations for its initiative to resolve the situation in Western Sahara, particularly since December 2020, when the US administration of Donald Trump recognized the Moroccan status of Western Sahara. in exchange for the establishment by the Kingdom of diplomatic relations with Israel, in the wake of the famous Abraham Accords signed in September 2020, under which several Arab countries established ties with the Israeli State with a view to pacifying the Middle East and to develop the region socially and economically.

This contrasts with the position of the Polisario Front, which advocates the holding of a referendum on Sahrawi independence which enjoys less support at the international level, including that of Algeria, Morocco’s great rival in the Maghreb.