Spanish Spokesperson: Spain, Morocco ‘Bound’ to Have Good Relations


Rabat – The Spanish government has renewed its commitment to improve relations with Morocco.

Spokesperson of the Spanish government Isabel Rodriguez, said that Morocco is a “strategic” partner for Spain. She added that based on “this reality”, the two countries are “bound” to have good relations.

She also emphasized the importance of working together in the coming months and the next years.

“The government fully shares the words of King Felipe VI,” in which he emphasizes the importance of redefining ties with Morocco based on “stronger and more solid pillars.”

King Felipe VI called on Morocco on Monday to “walk together” with Spain to urgently find solutions to challenges that concern both countries.

Spain’s Head of Government Pedro Sanchez reiterated that his country and Morocco maintain strategic cooperation in all areas.

“For Spain, Morocco is a strategic partner with whom we must walk together,” Sanchez reiterated in a press conference.

Many Spanish officials, including Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares, have expressed hopes  to soon see Morocco’s ambassador return to her position in Madrid.

Karima Benayich is still in Morocco after the North African country recalled her for consultations amid the Brahim Ghali episode.

Spain hosted the Polisario Front leader in April for hospitalization, a situation that created renewed tensions between Madrid and Rabat.

In response, Morocco condemned the Spanish decision to shelter Ghali and recalled the ambassador for consultations in May.

In recent months, Spanish officials have been attempting to mend bilateral  ties and restore them to normalcy.

In August, King Mohammed VI said he encouraged dialogue between the two countries, expressing hope to see relations improved.