Albares declares in Barcelona that he is satisfied with the implementation of the agreements with Morocco

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Albares declares in Barcelona that he is satisfied with the implementation of the agreements with Morocco

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José ; Manuel Albares, held a working breakfast this Thursday with his Moroccan counterpart, Naser Burita, with whom he reviewed the implementation of the of the Roadmap agreed on by both countries last spring to put an end to the bilateral crisis motivated by the presence in Spain of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, and the flood of migrants who rushed over the borders of Ceuta. Albares has ensured that the items on the agenda are being met “point by point“, which will soon allow the celebration of a summit “at the highest level” between the two countries “in the last week of January or the first of February”.

In a press conference prior to the celebration, in Barcelona, ​​of the forum of the Union for the Mediterranean, Albares has brandished the reduction of the illegal migratory flow from Morocco as achievements of said Roadmap. “by 20%“, in addition to an increase in commercial exchanges of “30% , reaching 7,000 million euros “. In addition, he anticipated the next resumption of “goods traffic across the land borders of Ceuta and Melilla” The holding of a Spanish-Moroccan summit with the participation of ministers and heads of Government, will mark a radical change in the negative dynamics of bilateral relationsbetween both countries. Such an event has not been held for seven years due to the progressive distancing between Madrid and Rabat.

Cooperation between Madrid and Rabat. n nearby

Together with the Spanish minister was his Moroccan counterpart, who, like Albares, he manifested himself. He was “satisfied” with the rate of application of the agreements, defining as “close cooperation” the current state of the ties between the two governments, and promising the implementation of “all the points” contained in the plan of job agreed a few months ago. Asked about the controversy that arose in Spain as a result of the events that took place last June, when 24 sub-Saharan immigrants died trying to cross the fence that separates Melilla from Moroccan territory, Burita argued that In his country “an investigation has been opened” that has already produced “a report” and that, from the document, “there are lessons” to be learned. However, he has insisted on the “violent” and “organized” nature of the flood of people trying to enter the North African city, implying with his words that the response was up to the challenge. Human Rights Watch has demanded the opening of an “independent investigation” and impartial to determine what happened and identify those responsible.