The version of Arancha Gonzalez Laya, who refuses to reveal who gave him the order to allow the opaque and illegal entry of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, in Spain, has relaunched the tension with Morocco. Rabat does not believe the official version that exonerates the President of the Government of this judicial case and has already unofficially transferred its request for explanations due to the evident suspicion that the X of the caso Ghali is his own Pedro Sanchez.
Morocco demanded – and claimed – the head of the Foreign Minister who managed that entry of Ghali into Spanish territory. The diplomatic crisis opened as a result of having welcomed in Spain who is considered as one of the main enemies of RabatIn fact, it also caused the invasion of Ceuta by 10,000 illegal immigrants to whom Morocco opened the doors to cross to the other side of the border.
Now the matter is less noisy. But of maximum gravity. The evidence of the statements made in court by the former head of the Foreign Office Camilo Villarino and the former minister of the branch Arancha González Laya leave few options. Both statements admit having received orders from above and above a minister there are few positions.
Morocco is closely following the case and judicial developments have already led to the unofficial transfer of the obvious question to the Spanish authorities: Is Sánchez ultimately responsible for Ghali’s entry into Spain?
Or put another way: Is Sánchez the X of the Ghali case?
Meanwhile, Sánchez rushed last Friday to issue a statement of praise for the new Executive of Rabat. A statement of harmony, in a situation that does not guarantee it.
“The Government of Spain cordially congratulates the new Government of Morocco appointed by His Majesty King Mohamed VI and chaired by the Head of Government, Dear Ajenuch, after the legislative elections on September 8. Spain trusts in working with the new Government of Morocco to adapt our strategic association to the height of the shared opportunities and challenges, based on trust, respect and mutual benefit, ”the statement highlighted.
It is difficult for “trust, respect and mutual benefit” to be valued by Rabat if it is proven that the person most responsible for sheltering one of Morocco’s greatest enemies is the Spanish president himself.
The text of the statement adds that “Morocco is a strategic partner and a neighbor and friend country with which Spain wishes to continue developing exemplary and fruitful cooperation in multiple areas, which contributes to regional stability and prosperity.”
The truth is that Laya left the portfolio of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the crisis with Morocco for the caso Ghali, which is currently in full investigation for debug responsibilities. Lhe diplomatic crisis unleashed by the entry of the Polisario Front leader into Spain led to the massive assault on Ceuta by more than 10,000 illegal immigrants.
Pedro Sánchez decided as a result of that to give a turn to Spanish foreign policy including the departure of Laya in the remodeling of the Executive. Laya was questioned by the Spain’s lack of international weight but, above all, due to one of the most serious crises experienced with Morocco in recent decades. In fact, it was Morocco that asked for Laya’s head.
The decision to host the leader of the Polisario Front, sick with coronavirus, caused a serious crisis with Morocco for which Spain is still paying the consequences. It must be remembered that the polisario leader received the go-ahead from the Government of Pedro Sánchez to deal with Covid in Spain, after Algeria tried unsuccessfully to reach an agreement with Germany. And, if Ghali’s presence in Spain was already a blow to bilateral relations with the Alawite kingdom, the way in which he arrived in our country leaves no doubt that both Pedro Sánchez and Arancha González Laya were aware that they were going to provoke a crisis with Morocco.
Ghali arrived in Spain at the end of April in a private medicalized plane. He landed in Zaragoza eluding customs and immigration controls and was transferred to a hospital in Logroño.
Morocco’s reaction to what it considered a grievance for bilateral relations It was to allow nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants to cross the Ceuta border in a single day, overwhelming the Police and the Civil Guard and forcing the social-communist government to even mobilize the Army to prevent further assaults.