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He thanks the institutions for their “support and solidarity” in the crisis and reiterates that the relationship with Rabat must be based on “trust and respect”

Pedro Snchez, upon arrival at the summit in Brussels.AP

“There is no better or greater ally of Morocco within the EU than Spain. Our relationship is strategic, we want the most constructive possible, but based on two axes: trust and respect.” With this message for the neighboring country, the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has arrived at the meeting that the Heads of State and Government of the EU are holding this week in the Community capital. After a week of crisis, and after receiving immediate support from all the leading institutions, emphasizing over and over again that “the borders of Ceuta they are the borders of the Union “, Sánchez thanked his colleagues for their support, but above all he wanted to point out to Rabat that there is no one better than our country to” defend the strategic interests of Morocco with the European Union. ”

The triangle between Madrid, Rabat and Brussels has experimented in the last days all the possible combinations. The Spanish Government requested and directed the support of the European Commission, the European Council and the European Parliament, with tweets, statements and messages that left no room for ambiguity. But at the same time it has not wanted the EU to assume a leading role. “I want to thank the solidarity and firm response of the institutions. The three expressed solidarity with Spain when they saw the images of arrival in Ceuta. Secondly, I want to convey that for us migration is an important challenge to be addressed by all the member states. The neighborhood relations of the EU and Spain with Morocco must be based on two pillars: trust and respect, “the president assured upon his arrival.

Madrid wants to be the only interlocutor with Rabat on this issue and it also wants to continue being the main channel through which relations between Mohamed VI and Brussels. He wanted convictions, but not much more at the moment, as the goal right now is to lower the tension and avoid an escalation. That is why he did not expressly ask for a discussion at the Leaders’ Summit that starts today in person, and only to explain what happened, briefly, within the framework of a more generic discussion on migration promoted by Italy.

Morocco, at all times, has also wanted to leave the EU out of the controversy, because it does not want to lose a euro of the Community money that is linked, in one way or another, to its management of migratory flows. And because she is aware that the next EU ambassador in the country, who will take office in the summer, will be the Spanish Patricia Llombart, so creating division along that line seems complicated.

For its part, the Union itself has subordinated the tone and intensity of the response to Sánchez’s requests. The reading is that it has been a short-lived diplomatic and political clash. Not to cause an escalation or the arrival of hundreds of thousands of people, as happened in Turkey. And therefore the best way to deal with it is by letting those involved resolve the dispute as soon as possible and without generating more noise. Hence there will be no written conclusions on the subject in the European Council and no major declarations are expected. The focus is on Belarus, and that favors all parties.


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