Morocco postpones its meeting with Sánchez amidst the migratory crisis alleging “epidemiological” risk


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Spain and Morocco have postponed the summit in Moroccan lands that they had scheduled for next week and that arrived in the middle of a migration crisis in the Canary Islands and at a key moment for the relationship between both countries. Spain and Morocco have issued a joint statement in which they explain that the High Level Meeting (RAN) was “crucial for the development of the deep and dense relations of friendship and cooperation that exist between two strategic partners.”

According to this communiqué, both countries assure that “the current epidemiological situation prevents holding the High Level Meeting on the scheduled date with the health security guarantees deemed convenient by both delegations. “

For this reason, both Spain and Morocco have agreed to postpone the month of February 2021 the celebration of this summit “including the usual meetings that are typical of a meeting of this magnitude.” And it is that for now a meeting of Pedro Sánchez with Mohamed VI was not on the agenda.

The health situation had already forced a reduction in the delegations provided by both countries, which had left out the second vice president, Pablo Iglesias, who had no bilateral issue to deal with Morocco in the framework of his ministerial powers.

The meeting was to take place in a crucial moment. The comments of Iglesias in favor of the claims of Western Sahara were badly received in the Council of Ministers. They considered that this invasion of the churches’ powers could be a drag on bilateral relations. In the Government they were trying not to recognize friction with Morocco, but the truth is that the Executive was not being able to guarantee that Sánchez would be received by the King of Morocco.

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