Spain reiterates its Stand on the Moroccan Sahara

Spain's unchanged position on the Moroccan Sahara, a "state policy"

The position of the Spanish government on the question of the Sahara “always remains unchanged” because it is a “state policy”, said the Spanish Foreign Minister, Arancha Sanchez Laya.

“In a coalition government like ours, there can be different opinions and different sensitivities. However, our position on the Sahara issue remains unchanged. This is a “state policy”, underlined Mrs. Sanchez Laya who was the guest of a program on the Spanish national radio (RNE) on Thursday.

The foreign policy of Spain is set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with the president of the government who are responsible for the countries’ external relations, observing that the position of Spain on the question of the Sahara “is constant and has not undergone any change”

Mrs. Gonzalez Laya noted that the position consists of “full support” for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, in order to ensure the continuity of the ceasefire” in the Sahara and to advance “a political negotiation leading to a political, comprehensive, fair and permanent solution, in line with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council”

“For Spain, the important thing is the resolutions of the United Nations. The last one, in October of this year, clearly expresses the parameters of this negotiation,” clarified Ms. Sanchez Laya.

In this sense, she had indicated to have transmitted, herself, this position during “numerous contacts maintained in recent days with Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to promote this path of dialogue”.

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