Spain Summons Moroccan Ambassador over El Othmani’s Statements

Morocco's Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani has stirred huge debate in Spain over his Statement concerning Spanish Colonized Ceuta and Melilla.

Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Othmani’s statement regarding Morocco’s intention to reconsider its territorial sovereignty over Spanish Colonized Ceuta and Melilla was a nerve-racking experience for Spain.

Cristina Gallach, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, has summoned the Moroccan ambassador to Spain, Karima Benyaich, on an urgent note to provide more details about the statements of Moroccan prime minister, Saadeddine El Ohmani, who has assured that Ceuta and Melilla “are Moroccan like the Sahara.”

El Othmani’s statement came after US recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over its Moroccan Sahara. He had an interview during which he said that the day will come when Morocco is going to reopen the issue of Ceuta and Melilla, Moroccan territories like the Sahara.

The statement stirred huge debate in Spain and was considered a questioning of Spain’s territorial sovereignty.

On his part, Pablo Casado, Spanish leader of the opposition has requested the government to defend its territorial integrity on a Tweet.

El Othmani’s statements couldn’t have come out of the blue. Morocco’s diplomacy is firm and confident and Morocco won’t let go of its territories. Therefore, Spain must use its diplomacy and sit down to come to a diplomatic solution.

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