The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has assured this Monday that it is “Absolutely unacceptable” that Morocco was able to “attack the borders” Ceuta with the assault of more than 10,000 people as a way to protest a foreign policy problem. “It is not admissible for a government to say that the borders are being attacked, that they are being opened so that 10,000 enter a neighboring country due to disagreements and discrepancies in foreign policy,” Sánchez stressed in response to the statement from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Morocco has released a statement on Monday in which it has indicated that the crisis between the two countries is not due to the fact that the leader of the Polisario Front is admitted to a Spanish hospital, but to the Spanish position on the Sahara. For Sánchez, this attitude is “absolutely inadmissible” and he recalled that Morocco “must not forget that it has no better or greater ally in the EU than Spain”, which is an “essential and privileged interlocutor” with Europe.
Morocco breaks trust and mutual respect with Spain
The “serious crisis” between Madrid and Rabat will not end with the appearance of the Saharawi leader Brahim Ghali before the National Court, but when “Spain clarifies without ambiguity” its “positions” on Western Sahara, as indicated by the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement in which it considers the trust and mutual respect between Morocco and Spain broken. “How can we know that Spain will not conspire with the enemies of the Kingdom? (…) How to restore confidence after such a serious mistake? (…) What is Spain really looking for?” official who also denounces “the damaging strategies of Spain towards the Sahara question.”
For Morocco, “Crises are not limited” to the arrival in Spain of Ghali, which tomorrow appears before the National Court for alleged crimes of genocide and against humanity from the hospital in Logroño where he is hospitalized, and will end with his departure. “It is above all a question of trust and mutual respect broken between Morocco and Spain,” the statement continues.
The statement gives several examples of how “Morocco never instrumentalized Catalan separatism” against Spain: “During the Catalan crisis, Morocco did not opt for neutrality, but was one of the first to side with territorial integrity and national unity. from your neighbor to the north. ” He explains that, for example, in 2012 a Catalan economic delegation visited Morocco and the government in Rabat modified its program, at the request of the Spanish, so that “it was not received at the highest level”, and that in 2017 “it rejected the request for a visit. and meeting of a great leader of Catalan separatism “. “What would have been the reaction of Spain if a representative of separatism had been received in the Moroccan Royal Palace? (…) If it had been received publicly and officially by its strategic ally, its important commercial partner and its closest neighbor south? “the ministry wonders.
The statement concludes with a series of examples that attest that “Morocco has always shown itself to be in solidarity with Spain” and it specifies that “it makes a distinction between the friendship of the Spanish people and the damage caused by certain political circles”, which it does not identify. “Morocco,” he added, “has no problem with the Spanish, its citizens, its economic operators, its cultural actors and its tourists, who are well received as friends and neighbors of Morocco (because the Maghreb country) will remain attached to its natural and genuine friendship with the Spanish people “.
Sánchez does not consider pardons a cost
Pedro Sánchez has warned that he does not consider a cost to pardon Catalan politicians imprisoned for the illegal 1-O referendum because he believes that the cost would be to leave things stuck as they are since 2017. The head of the Spanish Executive has assured, during a press conference in Alcalá de Henares together with the Polish prime minister, that the Government will make a decision “in conscience” once it receives the 11 files on which the Ministry of Justice is working and that they have, he said, to “tie themselves well” to be elevated to the Council of Ministers.
He affirms, in this sense, that the decision will be made thinking of millions of Spaniards who want to live in peace and overcome the emotional, social and political tear that the year 2017 entailed. For this reason, and when asked about the political costs that it may entail for the Government to adopt the decision to pardon the prisoners of the ‘procés’ has affirmed that “it does not represent a cost”. “The cost for the country is to leave things as they are, entrenched in 2017,” he added.