Pedro Sanchez restates Spain’s position on the Sahara issue during his visit to Morocco

His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God be with him, welcomed Mr. Pedro Sanchez, President of the Spanish Government, who is visiting Morocco at the Sovereign’s invitation as part of a new stage of partnership between the Kingdoms of Morocco and Spain, in the Rabat Royal Palace today.

This audience, which follows the letter sent on March 14 by Mr. Pedro Sanchez to His Majesty the King in which the Spanish Government commits to launching a new phase in relations between the two kingdoms based on transparency and mutual respect, is a continuation of the telephone conversation held on March 31 between His Majesty King Mohammed VI and the President of the Spanish Government.

This new dynamic echoes His Majesty the King’s demand for a new stage in relations between the two countries in his speech on August 20, 2021.

Mr. Pedro Sanchez restated Spain’s position on the Sahara issue during this audience, citing the Moroccan autonomy initiative as the most serious, realistic, and trustworthy framework for settling the conflict.

His Majesty the King and the President of the Spanish Government both expressed their desire to usher in a new era in bilateral ties based on mutual respect, reciprocal trust, continuous consultation, and open and loyal cooperation.

In this regard, it was agreed in particular to implement concrete actions in the framework of a roadmap covering all areas of the partnership, integrating all issues of common interest.

In addition, the audience granted to the Spanish Chief Executive was an opportunity to review the various aspects of common interest in their political, economic, security and cultural components. Regional and international issues were also on the agenda.

The audience was attended on the Spanish side by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, the Spanish Ambassador in Rabat, Mr. Ricardo Diez-Hochleitner, and on the Moroccan side, by the Advisor to HM the King, Mr. Fouad Ali El Himma, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Mr. Nasser Bourita, and the Ambassador of HM the King in Madrid, Karima Benyaich”.

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