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Spain PM in Morocco to mend ties


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2022 Apr 07, 13:46, Rabat
This photo provided by the Moroccan Royal Palace shows Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, greeted by Moroccan King Mohammed VI prior to their lunch at the Royal Palace in Rabat, Morocco, Nov. 19, 2018. Sanchez is set to meet with Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Thursday, April 7, 2022 during a two-day visit to Rabat that promises to mark a mending of diplomatic tensions centered on the disputed region of Western Sahara. Relations were damaged last April when Morocco was angered by Spain allowing the leader of the pro-independence movement for Western Sahara to receive medical treatment. (Photo credit: AP)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is set to meet with Moroccan King Mohammed VI on Thursday during a two-day visit to Rabat that seeks to mark an easing of diplomatic tensions centered on Morocco’s disputed region of Western Sahara.

The King will invite Sánchez and his family to share in the Iftar meal to break the day’s fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, according to a Spanish government official not authorized to be named in media reports.

Spain’s government calls the meeting an opportunity to open a “new stage” in ties with Morocco based on “mutual respect,” but also to discuss “restraint from any unilateral action to honor the importance of all that we share and to avoid future crises.”

Relations between the two countries separated by the Strait of Gibraltar were severely frayed last April. Morocco was angered by Spain allowing the leader of the pro-independence movement for Western Sahara to receive medical treatment for COVID-19 at a Spanish hospital on request by Morocco’s neighbor Algeria, an ally of pro-independence Sahrawis.


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