Rabat - Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has expressed confidence that the new Spanish government led by Pedro Sanchez will preserve the positive diplomatic bonds between Morocco and Spain.
Rabat – Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has expressed confidence that the new Spanish government led by Pedro Sanchez will preserve the positive diplomatic bonds between Morocco and Spain.
Zapatero attended the reception ceremony chaired by King Mohammed VI on Monday in Tangier to celebrate the 19th anniversary of his accession to the throne.
“I am convinced that this positive relationship between our two countries will be further consolidated with the new Spanish government,” Zapatero said.
Zapatero’s remarks reiterated those made by King Felipe VI of Spain during the 5th World Congress of Middle East Studies (WOCMES) held on July 10 in Seville.
In his statement at the event, the Spanish king saluted the bonds uniting the two countries, emphasizing, “The relations between Morocco and Spain are strategic because we are neighbors who have shared concerns and who face common challenges.”
King Felipe VI also called for more efforts to reinforce diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Zapatero agreed with the Spanish king and underscored the importance of strengthening the links between Spain and Morocco for the benefit of both countries. The former prime minister also commended the contributions of Madrid and Rabat in solving the challenges faced by Africa and Europe.
He also expressed gratitude for being invited to attend the reception ceremony, saying he was “very honored.”
Spain’s new government has already expressed determination to work with Morocco on some challenges, including migration issues.
Prime Minister Sanchez said he was interested in reinforcing cooperation with migrants’ countries of origin, transit, and destination, “especially Morocco.”
In a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Sanchez said that migration is a “global challenge that requires European responses.”
Those responses, they said, should be based on “solidarity and respect for human rights” and aimed at providing “an effective response to the arrival of refugees and migrants.”
King Mohammed VI also received former Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Miguel Angel Moratinos, along with other officials and former prime ministers of several countries for the Throne Day celebrations.
The ceremony followed King Mohammed VI’s speech delivered from the city of Al Hoceima on Sunday, July 29.