Morocco-Spain: Albares asks for “time and discretion” to get out of the crisis

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, asked this Wednesday “peace, time and discretion” to consolidate relations with Morocco and make them “solid”, reports the EFE agency.

The diplomatic crisis between Morocco and Spain continues to fuel the debate in the Iberian kingdom. Proof of this is the interest shown by the media in the issue.

This Wednesday, August 04, 2021, during a press conference held on the sidelines of the inauguration of directors general within the team of the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, the latter declared that “diplomacy requires peace, time and discretion, which serve to open safe paths in which relationships are solid ”.

Albares, who replaced Arancha González Laya as head of the ministry on July 12, has appointed three new State Secretaries and 7 Directors General with whom he wishes to open a new stage in diplomatic relations and deal with certain problems facing him. confronts his department.

For his first trip abroad, Albares went to the United Kingdom and this Wednesday, he goes to Portugal, the first country of the EU.

The trip to Morocco, the traditional destination of the first trip of the Spanish foreign ministers, is postponed, as he explained by asking for “peace, time and discretion”, since the objective is to re-establish solid relations and stable with the neighbor to the south.

It should be noted that the resumption of diplomatic contacts with Spain and the return of Ambassador Karima Benyaich to Madrid does not seem to be currently a priority for Rabat and in view of the situation it is not tomorrow the day before that she risks to regulate. Morocco, which asserts itself more as a regional power, awaits concrete explanations from the Spanish side on the “Sahara issue”.

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In addition, the new minister also focused on the appointment of ambassadors for the thirty embassies that Spain has left vacant.

Thus, the Council of Ministers approved on Tuesday the appointment of 8 new ambassadors, among which stand out those of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, Estonia, Ghana, Haiti, Paraguay and the Dominican Republic. .

He appointed ambassador to India and sought the approval of a candidate for embassy in the UK, a post which had been vacant for more than six months.

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