Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced that Morocco and Spain will organize a joint business forum provided the fruitful business partnership between the two countries.
Rabat – Sanchez announced the forum after his talks with Morocco’s Head Government Saad Eddine El Othmani in Rabat on Monday.
Sanchez said that economic partnership between the two countries is “also important, which is why we agreed to organize a Moroccan-Spanish economic forum next year.”
Spain has been the primary export destination for Moroccan goods since 2012. Exports to Spain increased by 11.2 percent over the past year.
Morocco is also an important trading partner for Spain and its second-largest non-EU market.
Besides business, Morocco considers Spain its voice at the EU Parliament. In recent months, Sanchez has voiced Morocco’s migration-related concerns.
He also convinced the EU commission for migration to grant additional funds for Morocco to prevent irregular immigration to Spain.
According to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Sanchez said that Morocco has made efforts in fighting irregular immigration. He added that migration “is a shared responsibility and we need to strengthen our cooperation on this issue.”
El Othmani also commented on migration, saying, “Morocco is doing everything in its power to fight illegal immigration.”
The Moroccan official added that the issue is “complex and cannot be solved solely by a security approach, despite its importance, we must focus on the development of the countries of origin in Africa.”
On October 24, Sanchez spoke about Morocco’s role in controlling migration on the Moroccan-Spanish border.
He called Morocco a “strategic actor” for Spain in migration policy.
Sanchez said that he defended Morocco’s demands for EU funding to assist the country in managing migration, especially with the sharp increase in the undocumented migrants recorded in recent months taking the western Mediterranean route from Morocco to Spain.