Diplomatic tension still reigns between Madrid and Rabat on many common issues, and the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, has been targeted by many criticisms from the opposition, but also within his group. For the moment, Morocco does not seem satisfied with Spain’s “efforts” to get out of the crisis.
Called to the rescue to get Spain out of the diplomatic crisis caused by Arancha Laya Gonzales who preceded him, and who welcomed behind Morocco’s back, the leader of the separatist militia of the Polisario with the complicity of Algeria, José Manuel Albares, has still not succeeded in rebalancing relations between the two neighbors.
Critics have fired against the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially as in the media outings of the Minister, he assures that reconciliation is on track and that the channels of communication are not jammed.
But faced with the latest developments on the diplomatic scene, in particular with the warming of relations between Germany and Morocco, and the German promise to ensure “Respect” Morocco as well as its priorities and its fundamentals, Spain was taken aback.
Indeed, the government of Pedro Sanchez which initiated the crisis with Morocco by bringing in illegally and under a false identity the man wanted by the Spanish justice for “Genocide” counted on a double pressure European, German and Spanish, to weaken the Moroccan position.
Asked by journalists about relations with Rabat, the head of Spanish diplomacy said that “The two countries are trying to rebuild a new political relationship that will be exceptional in the 21st century. “
The Spanish government had said in a previous statement that it was seeing “Positive signs” from the Moroccan authorities, noting that there was a “great opportunity” to reformulate relations with Morocco in the coming period, after the tension recorded in recent months.
“Political contacts are still continuing between Madrid and Rabat in order to overcome the points of disagreement”, added the minister. And to point out that ” Morocco has reconciled with Germany, but it has not yet done so with Spain ”, suggesting that it is Morocco which does not wish to be reconciled with Spain.
Indeed, in its official communications, the Kingdom of Morocco has indicated that it will be uncompromising on its positions, that it will no longer accept that its interests are mistreated. A clear message for its partners called upon to follow in the wake of the American recognition of Morocco’s sovereignty over the Sahara.
On this topic,“Spain supports a just and a mutually acceptable political solution within the framework of the United Nations talks”, affirmed the Spanish diplomat, not leaving the framework of the usual Spanish declarations, which however contrast with his real actions.
The Spanish Foreign Minister announced his support for the efforts of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Staffan de Mistura, who is due to make a regional tour in Morocco and Algeria and then meet the Polisario in Tindouf, noting that the Spanish armed forces have placed a special aircraft at the disposal of the UN envoy.