Rabat and Madrid agree not to offend their "spheres of sovereignty"

Morocco and Spain, as part of their renewed and ambitious relationship, pledged on Thursday not to “offend” each other by dwelling on issues of sovereignty, according to the leader of the Spanish executive, Pedro Sanchez. Spain recognizes de facto the total sovereignty of Morocco over the Sahara.

The two partners have decided to continue on their path of constant improvement of their relations on an equal footing and with mutual respect not to raise issues related to the sovereignty of each party.

The President of the Government, Pedro Sanchez, indicated in a statement before his Moroccan counterpart Aziz Akhannouch that Spain and Morocco are committed within the framework of the new relationship they have established not to offend the feelings of the each other discussing sovereignty issues.

We have assumed a pledge of mutual respect, whereby in our speech and in our political practice, we will avoid anything that we know offends the other party, especially as it affects our respective spheres of sovereignty,” he said at the start of the plenary session of the High Level Meeting (HLM)

This is a clear statement by the head of the Spanish government regarding the subject everyone is talking about, namely the Sahara. By his declaration, Pedro Sanchez affirmed that Spain recognizes de facto the sovereignty of Morocco over the Sahara and that it will no longer have its position as a former colonial power.

The head of the Spanish government held this Thursday, a bilateral meeting with Aziz Akhannouch at the seat of government as part of the work of the 12th session of the Morocco-Spain High Level Meeting (HLM).

Eleven ministers accompanying the Spanish delegation met separately with their counterparts to finalize the more than 20 agreements that will be signed, representing 4 times more than those signed last in 2015, 8 years ago.

The work of the 12th session of the High-Level Meeting is part of the strategic partnership and the new dynamic in relations between the two Kingdoms, following the visit made last April by Pedro Sanchez to Morocco, at the invitation of King Mohammed VI.

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