Marrakesh will host, on May 11, the meeting of the World Coalition against Daesh in which the American Secretary of State Antony Blinken will participate as well as the heads of diplomacy of 84 countries. Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, will travel to Morocco on May 11 to take part in the ministerial meeting, Europa Press reported today.
The global coalition against Daesh was founded in 2014 with the aim of neutralizing this terrorist group. The group currently brings together more than 84 countries and international organizations. Apart from the military campaign against the terror group in Iraq and Syria, where it once forged its self-proclaimed “caliphate,” the coalition has recently focused its attention away from that region. Indeed, a working group on Africa was created last December because of the active presence of IS in the Sahel, in particular, but also in the Lake Chad basin or in Mozambique more recently.
That said, to come back to the visit of José Manuel Albares, a bilateral meeting with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, has not yet been confirmed. But in view of the situation that we would say is quite favorable, it is very likely that neither side of the trip will let this opportunity pass, which will arise on the sidelines of the meeting of the world coalition against the Islamic State (IS).
The two heads of Spanish and Moroccan diplomacy José Manuel Albares and Nasser Bourita have not held an official bilateral meeting to date, although they have spoken several times by telephone in recent months with a view to reducing tensions and pave the way for the resumption of bilateral relations and that they met during Pedro Sanchez’s visit to Rabat at the invitation of King Mohammed VI.
The two Foreign Ministers are expected to play a key role in the coming months, since it will be up to them to coordinate the working groups that are planned to be set up in different sectors. This, in order to address the key issues for the two countries with a view to holding, before the end of the year, the high-level bilateral summit between Morocco and Spain. It was initially postponed due to Dame Covid when it was scheduled for December 2020. For a long time.
The two executives should finalize in the coming weeks the restoration of the movement of people and goods “in a progressive and orderly manner” and with all the related devices including for Sebta and Melilla, according to the Spanish executive who refers to the last joint declaration. In addition, we will have to prepare for Operation Marhaba or Paso del Estrecho, which will soon resume after being frozen for two years due to the pandemic.
Another point on which Europa Press insisted, the reactivation of the “working group on the delimitation of maritime spaces on the Atlantic seaboard”, which affects the waters of the Canary Islands, and the start of talks on the management of airspaces, in addition to strengthen cooperation on immigration. This means the sites that present themselves to the two executives. But the most important thing is to have resumed the dialogue and that is the essential thing in any relationship that wants to be win-win.