Madrid - Spain stressed the "climate of understanding" that marks its relations with Morocco, a "friend and neighbor," said Thursday, a statement from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Madrid – Spain stressed the “climate of understanding” that marks its relations with Morocco, a “friend and neighbor,” said Thursday, a statement from the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Issued following a meeting between the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, José Manuel Garcia- Margallo, and his Moroccan counterpart, Salaheddine Mezouar, the statement stresses the “importance” of Morocco to Spain.
The same source said that the Kingdom has become the second largest bilateral partner of Spain outside the EU, after the United States, stating that “more than 800 Spanish companies have investments in the neighboring country”.
The meeting, the document said, was an opportunity to address many issues on the bilateral agenda. on the political front, Margallo and Mezouar noted the momentum of bilateral relations following the visit by King Juan Carlos in July in Morocco, and the last high -level Moroccan-Spanish meeting, held last year in Rabat.
The two Ministers welcomed the success of the first Economic Forum of the Western Mediterranean “5 +5 Dialogue” held Wednesday in Barcelona, which gave “impetus to greater economic integration” in this region.
They also discussed the regional situation in the Maghreb, “where Morocco is an example of stability and openness”, as well as the crisis in the Sahel and its impact on the region.
In addition, the two officials welcomed the “progress of the Spanish-Moroccan mediation Initiative in the Mediterranean and the holding of a new international seminar in Slovenia in 2014”.
The meeting focused also on the Sahara issue in the context of the new regional tour of the Personal Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Christopher Ross, and Morocco’s relations with the EU.
During his stay in Madrid, Mezouar met with King Juan Carlos 1 of Spain, Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, and Speaker of the Senate, Pio Garcia- Escudero.