Spanish news outlet El Pais had quoted three government sources who said that the agreement was made thanks to the good diplomatic ties between the two countries.
The official said in a program “Hoy por hoy” aired by Spanish radio Cadena Ser that the only agreement reached with Morocco was to improve authorities’ rescue capabilities.
She added that the Spanish Salvamento Maritimo “will continue to transport migrants to Spanish ports.”
The statement came to deny a report by Spanish news outlet El Pais, saying that the two countries would allow Spain to return migrants to Moroccan ports.
According to sources from the Spanish government, the measure would apply to migrants found in missions where Spanish rescue services are helping Moroccan authorities in maritime zones under Morocco’s security control.
The measure, added the source, was within the framework of good diplomatic ties with Morocco.
Last year, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita said that Morocco would never house any migration centers for Europe.
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Bourita said that “migration is not a security issue, it is a question of human security.” The official also emphasized that Morocco is no one’s policeman, implying that the migration issue is a shared responsibility.
In recent years, Morocco has been determined to emphasize its commitment to migration issues in Africa and across the world.
The North African country also implemented programs to regularize the status of some sub-Saharan migrants and refugees to allow them to benefit from Moroccan healthcare and education.
So far, Morocco has regularized more than 50,000 irregular migrants through two campaigns. Ninety-five percent of those regularized were nationals of other African countries and 18,819 were women, Bourita announced in October 2018.