Spain Summons Rulers of Occupied Ceuta and Melilla Following Accusations Against Morocco

Spain decided to summon the rulers of occupied Ceuta and Melilla after accusations were brought against Morocco regarding the Kingdom’s previous decision to restrict borders describing it as an attempt to “suffocate and isolate” the economy of the two cities.

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Spain decided to summon the rulers of occupied Ceuta and Melilla after accusations were brought against Morocco regarding the Kingdom’s previous decision to restrict borders describing it as an attempt to “suffocate and isolate” the economy of the two cities.

In this regard, Spanish media revealed, yesterday, Monday, that the Spanish government will receive the rulers of Ceuta and Melilla, Juan Vivas and Eduardo de Castro, today, Tuesday, March 30th, in order to provide clarifications about the accusations against Morocco and to find alternative ways to mitigate economic effects on the two occupied cities.

In the same context, Ceuta and Melilla authorities demanded to “have a dialogue”, previously, and immediately after Morocco’s decision in order to reopen borders, given the extent of the damage they had suffered as a result of this Moroccan move.  Analysts described the move as “smart” as it tightened the screws on the two occupying authorities and pushed them to resort to dialogue.

The Spanish government’s summoning of the two rulers comes after days of tension caused by statements of the Moroccan government putting emphasis on the Moroccanity of the two occupied cities.

The Spanish government had previously “urgently” summoned Morocco’s ambassador, Karima Benyaich, who did not hesitate to confirm, during her meeting with the Spanish Foreign Minister, that Morocco’s position on Ceuta and Melilla remains unchangeable.

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