Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares plan to travel to Rabat on Thursday, although no official announcement has yet been made by La Moncloa.
But if we are to believe the daily ABC, a newspaper with a conservative and monarchist tendency in Spain, and El Pais, which follows a center-left editorial line and is considered close to the socialists, it is a Royal invitation to Iftar which awaits Thursday the two Spanish personalities, Pedro Sanchez and José Manuel Albares in this case.
This Monday, the Spanish MFA, José Manuel Albares did not depart from the protocol rule and avoided on Monday raising any question or reference to Morocco and Algeria during the press conference he held at the he outcome of the third general assembly of the Sahel Alliance (G5 Sahel), chaired by Spain and which met in Madrid with Mauritania, Chad and Niger. The journalists had been briefed that “the minister would only answer questions from the Sahel Alliance“. This has also been proven, and there was no question of the visit of Minister Albares to Morocco – in the company of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez – nor of the rest of Algeria, José Manuel Albares having carefully avoided to speak.
Moreover, it was Albares’ first appearance in front of journalists after Algeria via Sonatrach announced that it planned to raise gas prices in Spain and maintain it for its other customers in Spain. image of Italy for which it added an extension of 9,000 million cubic meters of gas without any supplement. Regarding the possible trip of the president of the Spanish government to Morocco, ABC tells us, this could take place on Thursday, after the meeting that Sanchez will have with Alberto Nunez Feijoo, the new leader of the Spanish Popular Party. But let it be said, official confirmation from La Moncloa is still pending.
Although this is not a question about the Sahel Alliance, Minister Albares did refer to the situation in Ukraine at the start of his speech and in response to a question for whether he was considering expelling Russian diplomats accredited to Spain, as has already been announced by other European countries (France, Germany, etc.), “we will answer it in the coming days […] whenever we can, we act in coordination with our European partners. Our decisions will be announced as they are made.”
In the Sahel region and in Mali, where Spain has a military mission with 550 men, Albares said he was concerned about the security situation. Mali and Burkina Faso did not participate in the assembly after the coups that took place. For his part, the Chadian Minister of Economy, Mahamat Hamid Kaoua, called for more support for this key region for Spanish security made up of Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Niger.