Spain’s Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, will start an official visit to Morocco on Wednesday, his first trip to the North African country since his appointment following Pedro Sanchez’ re-election as Prime Minister.
The two-day visit aims to strengthen bilateral relations in various fields, notably political, economic, commercial and linguistic ones, Spanish diplomatic sources told the Moroccan news agency, MAP, on Tuesday.
They added that Spain’s top diplomat will hold talks with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita on Thursday morning.
Diplomatic sources in Rabat and Madrid told the Spanish news agency EFE that Albares’ visit to the Moroccan capital affirms the Spanish government’s determination to strengthen political, commercial and cultural relations with Morocco.
The same sources said businessmen from both countries are expected to hold a meeting to strengthen trade relations.
Relations improved between the two countries after Spain announced in a letter to the King in March 2022 its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan “as the most serious, realistic and credible basis for settling the dispute” over the Western Sahara.
One month later, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and Sanchez met in Rabat, where the two men reaffirmed their will to open a new phase in relations between the two countries based on “a clear roadmap that allows the management of matters of interest in a concerted manner, in a spirit of normality and good neighborliness, without room for unilateral acts.”
They also agreed to activate concrete activities within the framework of a roadmap covering all sectors of the partnership and issues of common interest.
The roadmap includes 16 points that underline, among other things, the willingness to perpetuate the excellent relations that have always linked the two countries, and reaffirms the determination to constantly enrich them, in a spirit of trust and consultation.
Last February, Rabat hosted the 12th high-level Spanish-Moroccan Forum where the two countries expressed their shared commitment to sustaining relations and reviving trade and investments.
Following the meeting, Spain renewed its recognition of the autonomy initiative as a solution to the Moroccan Sahara issue.