Spanish Foreign Minister On Morocco – Spain Crisis: We Will Create A Space Of Trust In Which Relations Can Be Redirected

Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya reiterated, yesterday, Sunday, her country’s desire to end the diplomatic crisis with Morocco which has erupted following Spain’s reception of Polisario leader, Brahim Ghali, secretly and under a false identity.

In a press statement, the Spanish minister explained, “A month ago, we entered a crisis that we absolutely did not want and from which we clearly want to get out as quickly as possible. We will create a space of trust in which relations can be redirected.”

“This requires a great deal of caution”, added the Minister, without revealing further details.

On the other hand, the Foreign Minister denied that the relationship between Spain and the United States had weakened and defended it as “a very strong relationship, at the political, economic, commercial and diplomatic level.”

In response to a question about whether Spain is considering asking the European Union Agency “Frontex” to join its border control work in the occupied cities of Ceuta and Melilla, Arancha Gonzalez Laya explained that it is being evaluated whether “it is appropriate to integrate Frontex, at least partially, into third-party monitoring.”

It is noteworthy that Spain previously sought the US’ mediation in resolving the current diplomatic crisis between Madrid and Rabat, where Minister Laya had a phone call with her American counterpart, Anthony Blinken, and informed him that the decision of former US President Donald Trump, who recognized Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara, had consequences on Spain.

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