Spain confirms the preeminence of Morocco-proposed autonomy plan to resolve the Sahara conflict

“Spain considers the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco as the most serious, realistic and credible basis, for the settlement of the dispute” about the Sahara, and is keen is to build with the North African country, “a great friend and ally” a new relationship, based on transparency, and mutual respect.

This came in a message addressed to King Mohammed VI by the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, announced the Royal Office in a statement released this Friday.

The Head of the Spanish Government stressed that he “recognizes the importance of the Sahara issue for Morocco”. As such, “Spain considers the autonomy initiative presented by Morocco in 2007, as the most serious, realistic and credible the basis, for resolving the dispute”.

He also stressed “the serious and credible efforts of Morocco within the framework of the United Nations to find a mutually acceptable solution.”

In his message to the Sovereign, Pedro Sánchez Sanchez commented on Spanish-Moroccan relations, saying that the “two countries are inextricably linked by affections, history, geography, interests and a shared friendship,” adding that he is “convinced that the destinies of both peoples are linked as well” and that “the prosperity of Morocco is linked to that of Spain, and vice versa”.

“Our goal is to build a new relationship, based on transparency and permanent communication, mutual respect and agreements signed by both parties, and to refrain from any unilateral action, commensurate with the importance of everything we share,” said the President of the Spanish Government in his message to the Sovereign.

In this context, “Spain will act with the absolute transparency that corresponds to a great friend and ally”. “I assure you that Spain will always keep its commitments and its word”, added Pedro Sánchez.

In this message to the Sovereign, the President of the Government of Spain reiterated his “determination to face together the common challenges, especially the cooperation for the management of migratory flows in the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and to always act in a spirit of full cooperation”.

“All these actions will be undertaken with the aim of guaranteeing the stability and territorial integrity of both countries”, insisted the President of the Government of Spain in his message.

The message reflects a new position and a step forward by Spain to mend ties with Morocco after it has maintained connivance with Algeria and the Polisario.

Ties worsened after Spain disregarded the close ties with Morocco by receiving Polisario leader for medical treatment under a false identity to help him evade justice.

Morocco has recalled its ambassador to Spain and asked Madrid to refrain from its double-face.


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