The Head of the Spanish Government Pedro Sánchez declared in an interview with the newspaper “El Pais” that “the opportunity is now ripe to rebuild relations with Rabat”.
Asked what he thinks of the operation to return unaccompanied Moroccan minors, who entered the occupied president of Sebta on May 18 and 19, the Head of the Spanish government assured this incident is part of the past, stressing that “The opportunity is extraordinary today to rebuild relations with Rabat”.
“The territorial integrity of our country has been called into question. Fortunately, this is a thing of the past. We have an extraordinary opportunity to redefine our relationship with Morocco, which is a strategic partner, ”said Sánchez on Sunday in an interview with El Pais.
“It is therefore a problem that we must solve, with the maximum of guarantees with regard to the minors who have entered, but also being aware that we have an always delicate balance of coexistence in Ceuta, which has been upset by the ‘massive entry of Moroccans,’ said Pedro Sanchez, referring to the cost of accommodating minors in the 19-square-kilometer city.
“I can only thank Ceuta, its Government and also Morocco because in this new stage that we have opened we believe we can provide a solution with their maximum collaboration”, he supported the cooperation of the Moroccan authorities who have arranged a Center in Martil to accommodate repatriated minors.
According to El Pais, the reception of minors alone costs the city between 1.5 and 1.8 million euros per month. Sebta should receive an injection of some 6.3 million for the development of a new center for minors – in a former prison. A center that will not be ready in less than a year and whose work has not yet entered the tender phase.
In this context, it should be recalled that the Spanish Ministry of Education has started the recruitment of nearly fifty teachers for the education of more than 1000 Moroccan minors of those who entered irregularly to the occupied president of Sebta. last May.
After the failure of the operation to return or repatriate unaccompanied minors, coordinated with the Moroccan authorities, following a court decision, the local government of the occupied president of Sebta was forced to ensure education of Moroccan minors. A heavy task, it seems. Until now, the minors have been distributed in a center and two temporary structures, as well as various structures for the reception of girls and boys with a more vulnerable profile.
As a reminder, relations between Rabat and Madrid went through a period of open crisis, after Spain chose to host in a hospital structure, the leader of the separatist Polisario militias, Brahim Ghali, prosecuted in particular for murder, torture, rape and serious human rights violations.
Morocco then denounced the fact that Madrid brought in, without informing Morocco, the so-called Brahim Ghali under a false Algerian identity (Mohamed Benbatouch) and with forged papers to escape Spanish justice. This deliberate act, Morocco had estimated, is a blow to good neighborly relations and friendship and to the spirit of “strategic” partnership supposed to link the two countries.