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Morocco-Spain excessive stage assembly confirmed for February 1 in Rabat

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The Moroccan and Spanish governments are anticipated to carry a joint summit on February 1 and a couple of in Rabat, almost a yr after the reconciliation of the 2 nations, the Spanish International Ministry introduced on Wednesday.

“Spain and Morocco have determined that the twelfth high-level assembly will happen on February 1 and a couple of in Rabat,” he stated in a press release.

Spanish Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and a dozen ministers from his authorities will participate on this summit, we realized from the ministry, which was nonetheless unable to point who would take part on the Moroccan aspect.

The holding of such a summit assembly was introduced final April throughout Pedro Sanchez’s go to to Rabat. He had been acquired there by King Mohammed VI to seal the reconciliation between the 2 nations after a yr of diplomatic tensions linked to the delicate difficulty of Western Sahara.

The reception in Spain in April 2021 of the chief of the Sahrawi separatists of the Polisario Entrance, a sworn enemy of Rabat, to be handled there for Covid-19 had triggered this estrangement, the fruits of which had been the arrival in Might of greater than 10,000 migrants within the Spanish enclave of Ceuta due to the comfort of Moroccan controls.

Madrid then denounced “blackmail” and “aggression” on the a part of Rabat, which for its half recalled its ambassador to Spain, who didn’t return there till March 2022 after the normalization of relations between the 2 nations.

This normalization was made attainable by Spain’s choice to publicly assist Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara, which Madrid now considers “essentially the most severe, life like and credible foundation” for resolving the battle within the former Spanish colony.