Spain PM eyes ‘more solid’ Morocco ties after the Moroccan Sahara U-turn

By on March 24, 2022

MADRID,  (AFP) – Under attack over Spain’s decision to change its stance on the Moroccan Sahara, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Wednesday defended the move as crucial to securing a “more solid relationship” with Morocco.

For 10 months, Spain was in “an absolutely unsustainable situation” with Morocco, a strategically with whom “ties were cut from a political, diplomatic and economic point of view”, he said on a visit to occupied Ceuta, one of two Spanish enclaves in North Africa.

“This was a crisis that could no longer be sustained over time, that we had to solve,” he said.

It was the first time Sanchez has spoken about last Friday’s bombshell announcement that Spain had agreed to publicly recognise Rabat’s autonomy plan for disputed the Moroccan Sahara, a Spanish colony until 1975.

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