The visit seeks to maintain tradition after former FMs Borell and Dastis both chose Morocco as one of their first official destinations upon taking office.
Rabat – Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya is set to travel to Morocco for talks with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita on January 24.
Sources confirmed the news to Spanish news outlet Nius Diario on January 15.
According to the Spanish publications, the official visit seeks to maintain tradition, with Gonzalez Laya following in the footsteps of her predecessors Josep Borrell and Alfonso Dastis who both chose Morocco as one of their first foreign destinations after assuming office.
Morocco and Spain share regular cooperation in several fields, including security and irregular migration.
Last week, King Mohammed VI addressed a message to Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez after he won a parliamentary vote of confidence.
The King expressed Morocco’s commitment to reinforcing the strategic partnership with Spain, reiterating interest in consolidating the coordination between Rabat and Madrid on different regional and international issues of common interest.
The Spanish government and its media continue to acknowledge Morocco’s role in countering terrorism and curbing irregular migration.
El Pais reported that the Spanish-Moroccan cooperation had helped the Sanchez government to cut arrivals of irregular migrants by more than half.
“Morocco is cooperating more than ever in recent years,” wrote El Pais, quoting Spanish NGO Salvamento Maritimo.
Morocco reduced over 8,000 migrants last year.
Sanchez’s government considers Morocco as an essential partner for Spain and for his government
Despite the official positive position of the Sanchez government, some Spanish parties continue to criticize Rabat-Madrid relations.
Right-wing parties, such as VOX have called for the expulsion of Morocco form the “territorial waters of the Canaries.”
The leader of the party, Santiago Abascal, claimed that Morocco humiliated Spain.
Santiago, who also questions the efficiency of Sanchez’s government, said: “Spain is currently alone and humiliated by Europe, but also by Morocco, which today proclaims sovereignty over our territorial waters. Because of the softness of Sanchez’s government, Morocco finds us weak and tries to abuse it.”