Rabat – To perpetuate the tradition of Spanish diplomacy, Morocco will be the first country that the new prime minister of Spain, Pedro Sànchez, will visit since his election on June 2.
According to several Spanish outlets, Madrid is already working with Rabat to find an ideal date for a meeting between the Spanish Prime Minister and his Moroccan counterpart Saad Eddine El Othmani.
“It is Ramadan now in Morocco and with the king travelling to the US, it may not be the best time, but we want to maintain the tradition for Morocco to be the first country to officially be visited by the president,” explained a close member to El Espanol.
The visit will probably take place after the return of King Felipe and his wife Letizia from the United States, where they will meet Donald Trump later this month, or after the European summit in Brussels June 28 and 29 where Sànchez must be present.
Some diplomatic sources regret that Sànchez does not innovate this year, saying that Morocco should not be the first international stop of the prime minister.
However, relations with the neighboring country are essential for key issues such as the fight against terrorism or the control of migratory flows, areas in which both governments have collaborated successfully for years.
In previous years, Felipe González, José María Aznar, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, and Mariano Rajoy traveled to the kingdom on their first official visit as heads of government.