Albares guarantees that the Canary Islands will be present in the dialogue with Morocco

Albares guarantees that the Canary Islands will be present in the dialogue with Morocco


Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 10:54 p.m.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, has given full guarantees that the Canary Islands will be able to participate directly and in person in negotiations with Morocco when it comes to matters that affect the interests of the archipelago.

The express commitment made by the head of Spanish diplomacy before the plenary session of Congress responds to the request for guarantees by the Canary Coalition (CC) that this point of the legislature pact signed with the PSOE after the recent announcement by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, that he has contacted the head of the Executive of Morocco, Aziz Akhannouch, to promote the bilateral agenda that had been frozen by the electoral cycle.

«There should be no doubt that in the entire relationship with Morocco the canarian agenda will be very present,” Albares said on Tuesday from the gallery of the Lower House in response to the CC deputy, Cristina Valido, “you already know that in the working groups with Morocco there is a representative of the Canary Islands Government and therefore we are going to keep working,” he added.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, who made himself available to the representative of the Canarian nationalists “to speak bilaterally whenever he wants,” stressed that the Canary Islands are “a very important part of the “neighborhood relationship” that Spain maintains with Morocco.

Diplomatic relations with Rabat were recovered after a tense stage of distancing in 2022 as a result of Sánchez’s change of position in the Western Sahara conflict, when the Spanish president took a position in favor of the autonomy plan which defends the Moroccan side.

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