The Spanish desire to strengthen the ties of cooperation between the occupied presidents and the Kingdom of Morocco was reflected in the statements of some local government officials in Melilla, from Sebta. The latter in front of closed border posts, call for the preservation of commercial relations between the presidents and the neighboring regions of the Kingdom of Morocco, namely Nador, Fnideq, Tetouan and beyond.
The position of the Melilla government can be found in the words of the local Minister of Finance, Dunia Almansouri, who declared that “ Moroccan economic development does not represent a threat for Melilla ”. Quite the contrary, he makes ” an opportunity to develop capacities in various fields “.
Considering that ” good neighborhood agreements must be established to secure the common border “, The Minister affirmed that on the strategic plan” special attention can be paid to being exporters of training and technology to the neighboring country and the rest of the continent “.
Almansouri deplored in his statement at an Economic Forum organized in Sebta by the newspaper El Espanol in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce that the borders are closed. Which poses a problem for the local economy.
In addition, the past political crisis between Madrid and Rabat affected the situation of the border posts in occupied Sebta and Melilla. In this wake, she noted that “This model of border commercial transit was exhausted and that an alternative had to be found for Melilla “. And to add that ” the small geographical area of the enclave does not allow the possibility of building factories “.
She also highlighted the ” need to seek experience based on the design of leading technological and digital companies to cooperate with Morocco and Africa »Before retracting and stressing the importance of exchanges with Morocco. ” Maintaining this commercial transit with Morocco is essential and for this it is necessary to have good neighborly agreements that would allow our borders to be both permeable and secure. », Declared the Treasurer of the President of Melilla.
In addition, Dunia Almansouri has hopes in the new government arriving in Morocco, and sees the need to develop a strategic plan for possible work accordingly. Regarding the request of certain Spanish parties to annex Sebta and Melilla to the European “Schengen” zone, Dunia Almansouri stressed that “ it was necessary, above all, to think carefully about this question “. ” We are neighbors, therefore, we must rather get along, and cooperate », She maintained.
The Minister of Finance of the government of Melilla has tried to calm the ardor of certain political parties in the Iberian Kingdom seeking to take advantage of the diplomatic quarrel between Madrid and Rabat. The latter call for the inclusion of the two cities in the customs regime of the European Union and in the Schengen area, as well as for their placement under the protection of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). . She concluded that there must be mutual respect on both sides of the border and ” we will gain in particular in economic impact, for both parties “.