The Spanish government, which considers the Moroccan autonomy initiative as “the most serious, realistic and credible basis for resolving the dispute” over the Sahara, is “satisfied” with the conclusions of the new framework of relations with Morocco, Spain’s government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez said onTuesday.
“We are starting a new stage in our relations with Morocco. The most important thing is to look to the future and not to return to the past. We are pleased with this agreement, which means the reestablishment of diplomatic relations with a neighboring country and strategic for Spain,” Rodriguez told a press briefing at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers.
This new framework of bilateral relations, which considers the Moroccan autonomy initiative as “the most realistic basis for a solution” to the Sahara issue, is “good news for Spain,” the Spanish official insisted, adding that the government “looks after the general interest of the country.”
“Preserving good relations with Morocco is of great importance to us,” she said, assuring that “Morocco is a strategic ally with whom we have human, historical, geographical and economic ties.”
In a message sent to King Mohammed VI, the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, also stressed that “Spain considers the Moroccan autonomy initiative as the most serious, realistic and credible basis for resolving the dispute” over the Sahara.