Diplomatic sources in the country assure EL MUNDO that the Moroccan authorities expressed to the ambassador their “exasperation” at the attitude of the Spanish Government
The decision of the Spanish Government to welcome the entry from Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, for “humanitarian reasons” has ended up generating a conflict with Morocco. Diplomatic sources in this country confirm to EL MUNDO that the Spanish ambassador, Ricardo Dez-Hochleitner Rodrguez, was called this afternoon to an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rabat, “in order to express his discomfort” for Ghali’s presence in a hospital in Logroo, where he receives medical attention.
The same sources assure that the Moroccan authorities expressed to the ambassador their “exasperation” at the attitude of the Spanish Government, which they call “unfair”. Likewise, they put on the table what they consider to be a capital issue such as “territorial integrity for the Moroccan people”, in which they include Western Sahara.
The Spanish Foreign Ministry confirmed on Thursday night that the leader of the Polisario Front is in Spain and yesterday the minister, Arancha Gonzlez Laya, at a press conference, rejected that this could be a reason for conflict with Morocco, of whom he stressed that it is a country “friend” and a “privileged partner” of Spain.
In fact, the same position is maintained that the decision on Ghali does not have to affect relations between the two countries. The Foreign Ministry ensures that this afternoon’s meeting in Rabat “it occurred within the normality of diplomatic relations” between Spain and Morocco.
And that, once our country ratified the assistance given to the leader of the Polisario Front, a Director General of the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs was interested in knowing more details and, for this, requested a meeting with our Ambassador in Rabat with whom held a meeting in which they discussed the matter.
The recognition of the former American president, Donald Trump, in the last days of his mandate, of the sovereignty of Morocco over the Sahara, has given wings to the annexationist pretensions of this country. In its relations with the rest of the countries, the position on the Sahara has a capital relevance. The High Level Meeting (RAN) between Morocco and Spain was canceled precisely on the day that Trump made his decision public, contrary to International Law and the position of the UN.
Despite the change imposed by the former Republican Administration, Spain remains in the idea of seeking a negotiated solution, sponsored by the UN. In this context, the summit with Morocco still does not take place, although officially this delay has always been linked to the pandemic.
Rabat suspended contacts with the German embassy due to the discrepancies over the Sahara. Germany defends the same position as Spain in this matter and requests the mediation of the United Nations.