Sanchez settles the crisis with Morocco and says the Government will respond to the courts on minors in Ceuta

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has thanked this Saturday in a press appearance the last words pronounced by the King of Morocco, Mohamed VI, about the bilateral relations between the two countries. “We are allies, we are neighbours, we are brothers and – therefore we welcome – those words because on trust, respect and present and future collaboration we can build a more solid relationship on more solid foundations than the one we have had so far,” said Sánchez. “Opportunities arise from every crisis and this is a great opportunity to redefine those relationships and the pillars on which they are based. In this sense, I can only thank and acknowledge the words of the King of Morocco”.

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The King of Morocco settled on Friday evening the diplomatic crisis with Spain by wishing to “inaugurate an unprecedented stage” in relations between the two countries, which should be based on “trust, transparency, mutual consideration and respect for commitments”. “With sincere optimism, we express the desire to continue working with the Spanish government and its president, Pedro Sanchez, in order to inaugurate an unprecedented stage in relations between our two countries,” the monarch said Friday in the speech he delivers annually on the occasion of the King and People’s Revolution.

After his visit to the temporary camp that houses refugees from Afghanistan at the Torrejón military base, Sánchez appeared before the media flanked by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission. In this appearance he was also questioned about the recent crisis of Moroccan minors returned from Ceuta to Morocco.

“Complex balance of coexistence

“At all times what we have done has been to take care of the minors, together with the authorities of the autonomous city of Ceuta, the NGOs and the Kingdom of Morocco. Now what we have to do is to respond to a double dimension of this crisis. First, The second is to respond to the complex balance of coexistence in the city of Ceuta,” said Sanchez and added: “Logically, being a full democracy, as Spain is, we will be attentive and will respond to any of the requirements that the courts may ask of us.

Sánchez thanked the EU executive for its support during what he called the “dark days” of May, when the migration crisis with the neighbouring country broke out. Michel and Von der Leyen have closed ranks with the head of the Spanish Executive and stressed the strategic importance of Morocco for the EU.

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