Morocco-Spain: Nasser Bourita will meet with the new Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs

Morocco-Spain: Nasser Bourita will meet with the new Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs

After a diplomatic dispute between Morocco and Spain a few months ago, the two nations’ foreign ministers are scheduled to meet for the first time on Wednesday.

According to the Spanish news agency EFE, the interview will be conducted by videoconference at José Manuel Albares’ request.

The goal of this conference is to take another step toward normalization, reconciliation, and “consolidation of relations between the two neighbors,” all while maintaining “mutual respect.” The positive indicators of a restart of relations between Morocco and Spain were hailed by Spain’s Foreign Minister last week.

These encouraging signs were mostly inspired by King Mohamed VI royal speech commemorating the 68th anniversary of the King and People’s Revolution. The Spanish side expects that the virtual meeting between the two heads of diplomacy would clear the final roadblocks to the Moroccan-Spanish summit, which was originally set for December 2020 but was postponed for, officially, “health concerns.”

As a reminder, Morocco and Spain had a diplomatic crisis last May as a result of Spain’s welcome of Polisario front leader Brahim Ghali and his hospitalization, as well as a migration problem in which Morocco was singled out.

According to reports in the Spanish press, Jose Manuel Albares will meet with his Algerian counterpart, Ramtane Lamamra, on Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 p.m., in an attempt to work “for the rapprochement” between “two great friendly countries and neighbors,” referring to the dispute between Algeria and Morocco.


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