Spanish Parliament Refuses to Host Polisario Meeting

By on November 17, 2018

Spain’s Democratic Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) and right-leaning People’s Party (PP) refused to hold a pro-Polisario symposium within the Spanish Parliament in Madrid.

The news comes in line with speculation about Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s awaited first visit to Morocco since his election in June.

Spanish news outlet El Pais reported Saturday that any awkwardness caused by Sanchez’s delayed visit vanished at Sunday’s World War I ceremony in France. Sanchez met and talked with King Mohammed VI, who was at the event along with other world leaders.

The outlet stated that Sanchez made an appointment to visit Morocco soon after his election on June 2, but has not yet found a suitable time for the meeting.

The delay may have proved “uncomfortable” for the King and the Spanish minister, especially during the Marrakech Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on December 10, without Sanchez having made a prior formal visit to Morocco, the host country.

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