“Several questions must be discussed and clarifications provided on the reception of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, in a hospital in Logroño, under a false identity”, before Benyaich’s return to Madrid, diplomatic sources told the newspaper. La Razón.
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This attitude of Spain, which considers itself a country friendly to Morocco, caused a major diplomatic crisis between the two countries, to which was added a migratory crisis that occurred in May with the massive arrival of migrants in the city of Ceuta.
According to the same sources, Morocco, in reaction to Spain’s attitude, is preparing to review the fishing agreement with the European Union, which allows 92 Spanish vessels to enter Moroccan waters to exercise their fishing activities. The treaty expires next year, but will begin to be negotiated at the end of August or the beginning of September, it is specified, adding that “Rabat will undoubtedly put this asset on the table as part of the long process of normalization of diplomatic relations” .
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In addition, Morocco welcomed the appointment of José Manuel Albares as the head of Foreign Minister, replacing Arancha Gonzales Laya, as well as the latest statements by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who reaffirmed the need to normalize relations with Morocco. For its part, Morocco prefers for the moment to remain cautious and firm on its position.
As a reminder, Karima Benyaich left Spain in May after Minister Laya called her for urgent consultations regarding Ghali’s arrival. “There are acts that have consequences, and they must be taken on,” Benyaich said, stressing that relations between neighboring countries and friends must be based on “mutual trust”.