Morocco-Spain: Madrid Set to Move Forward on Implementing 2022 Roadmap (Pedro Sánchez)

Rabat – Spain is determined to move forward on implementing the Moroccan-Spanish Roadmap, adopted in April 2022, President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, said Wednesday in Rabat.

The adoption of this Roadmap has strengthened strategic part…


Rabat – Spain is determined to move forward on implementing the Moroccan-Spanish Roadmap, adopted in April 2022, President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, said Wednesday in Rabat.

The adoption of this Roadmap has strengthened strategic partnership, Sanchez underlined during a press conference at the end of his working visit to the Kingdom, adding that bilateral relations are experiencing their ‘best moment’.

In this regard, he hailed the “extraordinary and positive” ties between Morocco and Spain, noting that they cover several areas, notably trade, tourism, security and migration.

Sánchez also said that his working visit to Morocco is part of a shared willingness to further strengthen bilateral relations which are ‘strategic for both countries’.

The President of the Spanish Government noted that the two parties continue the implementation of the projects adopted during the 2023 High-level Meeting, especially in the areas of education, cultural cooperation and social security which, he said, is
of great importance for Moroccans living in Spain.

Sánchez also underlined that his working visit to Morocco was an opportunity to discuss several regional and international issues.

Earlier in the day, HM King Mohammed VI received Pedro Sánchez, President of the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, at the Royal Palace in Rabat.

This visit follows on from the new stage in bilateral relations, initiated by the meeting between HM the King and the President of the Spanish Government in April 2022, and the adoption, on that occasion, of the Joint Declaration between the two countries.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Sánchez Sees in Co-Hosting 2030 World Cup a Concrete Example of Excellent Morocco-Spain Ties

Rabat – Co-hosting the 2030 Football World Cup is a concrete example of the excellent Moroccan-Spanish relations and the mutual determination to advance the bilateral Roadmap adopted in 2022, Spanish Government President Pedro Sánchez said in Rabat on…


Rabat – Co-hosting the 2030 Football World Cup is a concrete example of the excellent Moroccan-Spanish relations and the mutual determination to advance the bilateral Roadmap adopted in 2022, Spanish Government President Pedro Sánchez said in Rabat on Wednesday.

“Hosting the World Cup is undoubtedly an extraordinary challenge, but above all an opportunity to further strengthen the foundations of friendship between Morocco, Spain and Portugal,” he told a press conference held at the end of his working visit to the Kingdom.

This global sporting event will enable the organizing countries to “convey, to the whole world, a very positive message of collaboration, good organization and fraternity,” he pointed out.

In this respect, the Spanish top official underlined the importance of holding a forum bringing together Moroccan and Spanish companies, “to explore cooperation and investment opportunities with a view to bringing this exciting project to fruition,” particularly in terms of infrastructure.

“The 2030 Wo
rld Cup will be the crowning achievement of the extraordinary collaboration and cooperation between our two countries,” further noted Sánchez, who is starting a new term at the head of the Spanish executive.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Spanish Government President Wraps Up Working Visit to Morocco

Salé – President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, left Morocco, on Wednesday evening, at the end of a working visit to the Kingdom.

On his departure from Rabat-Salé airport, Sanchez was seen off by Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.

After…


Salé – President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, left Morocco, on Wednesday evening, at the end of a working visit to the Kingdom.

On his departure from Rabat-Salé airport, Sanchez was seen off by Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.

After reviewing a detachment of the Royal Air Forces who paid the honors, Sanchez was also seen off by Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates, Nasser Bourita, Wali of Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, governor of the prefecture of Rabat, Mohamed Yacoubi, Governor of the prefecture of Salé, Omar Touimi, Charge d’Affaires at the Spanish embassy in Rabat, Borja Montesinos, President of the Municipal Council of Salé, Omar Sentissi, and Morocco’s Ambassador to Madrid, Karima Benyaich.

The President of the Spanish Government was accompanied during his visit by Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares.

HM King Mohammed VI, may God assist Him, received, earlier in the day at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the President of the Governme
nt of the Kingdom of Spain.

During this Audience, the President of the Spanish Government reiterated to His Majesty the King, may God preserve Him, Spain’s position, contained in the joint declaration of April 2022, considering the Moroccan autonomy initiative as the most serious, realistic and credible basis to settle this dispute. His Majesty the King thanked Spain for this new constructive and important position.

His Majesty the King, may God assist Him, and His Excellency Mr. Pedro Sánchez, underlined unique cooperation prospects opening up for the two neighboring countries. The joint organization, with Portugal, of the 2030 Football World Cup is a further lever for strengthening bilateral ties.

The President of the Spanish Government also welcomed and highlighted Spain’s interest in the strategic initiatives launched by His Majesty the King, may God assist Him, notably the African Atlantic Coastal Initiative, the Royal Initiative to enable Atlantic access for Sahel countries, and the Nigeria-Morocco A
frican-Atlantic Gas Pipeline.

The Sovereign also offered a luncheon in honor of the President of the Spanish government and the delegation accompanying him, chaired by Akhannouch.

Sanchez’s visit to Morocco follows on from the new stage in bilateral relations, initiated by the meeting between HM the King and the President of the Spanish Government in April 2022, and the adoption, on that occasion, of the Joint Declaration between the two countries.

This new momentum is progressing satisfactorily. It is marked by strengthening cooperation, coordination and partnership in all fields, based on the principles of trust, mutual respect, ambition, good neighborliness and respect for commitments.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Morocco-Spain Relations Experience ‘Best Moment in Their History’ (Zapatero)

Madrid – Relations between Morocco and Spain, “two reliable partners,” are experiencing today the “best moment in their history,” former president of the Spanish Government José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Wednesday.

“Morocco and Spain have succe…


Madrid – Relations between Morocco and Spain, “two reliable partners,” are experiencing today the “best moment in their history,” former president of the Spanish Government José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Wednesday.

“Morocco and Spain have succeeded in forging a solid friendship and are working hand in hand in a spirit of trust and transparency, which allows us to testify that bilateral relations are going through the best moment in their history,” Zapatero told MAP, commenting on the working visit to Morocco by the President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez.

“The visit of the President of the Spanish Government to Morocco is of great importance, as relations with the Kingdom are an absolute priority of Spain’s foreign policy, which is a cause for celebration,” he said.

“Morocco and Spain are two neighboring and friendly countries united by economic and cultural ties and exemplary cooperation in security matters,” the former head of the Spanish government explained. The two countries are “a li
nk between two continents and are working for their prosperity and progress,” he added.

“We are reliable neighbors and Morocco is a priority for Spain. For its part, Morocco is increasingly consolidating its relations with Madrid to turn Spain into its major ally in Europe,” Zapatero stated.

On the economic level, he recalled, Morocco is the leading destination for Spanish investment in Africa, and bilateral trade continues to break records.

On a different note, Zapatero noted that the joint organization of the 2030 Football World Cup with Portugal “will give new impetus to these exemplary relations and open up promising horizons for both countries.”

Spain and Morocco are moving forward together in a spirit of deep friendship and mutual trust to build a better future and set themselves up as models of multi-dimensional partnership, he concluded.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Sanchez’s Visit to Morocco Reflects Spain’s Attachment to Bilateral Strategic Partnership (Expert)

Rabat – The working visit of President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, to Morocco reflects Spain’s attachment to the strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as its position supporting the Moroccan autonomy initiative in the …


Rabat – The working visit of President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, to Morocco reflects Spain’s attachment to the strategic partnership between the two countries, as well as its position supporting the Moroccan autonomy initiative in the southern provinces, President of the Sahrawi Observatory for Media and Human Rights, Mohamed Salem Abdelfattah, said.

Sanchez’s visit, the first to the Kingdom since his investiture, highlights the momentum experienced by relations between the two neighboring countries, thanks to the support expressed by Madrid for the Moroccan autonomy initiative in the southern provinces, the expert told MAP.

In this regard, he underlined the quality of economic, human, civilizational and cultural relations between the two countries, as well as the presence of a large Moroccan community in Spain.

In this regard, he noted that these close relations and this strategic partnership are consolidated by large-scale projects which bring the two countries closer as continental gatew
ays, in particular the Morocco-Nigeria gas pipeline project which will strengthen the role of the two countries in achieving energy security in the region, and the intercontinental link project, as well as the joint bid with Portugal to organize the 2030 World Cup.

The researcher added that issues related to security cooperation, the fight against irregular immigration and terrorism also top the concerns of the two countries, especially since Morocco plays a leading role in these areas.

The Kingdom’s place in its regional neighborhood and in its continental depth has been reinforced by the initiative of His Majesty King Mohammed VI aimed at enabling Atlantic access for Sahel countries to promote trade, regional integration between the countries of Atlantic Africa and access of the Sahel countries to the Atlantic Ocean.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse

Spanish PM’s Visit to Morocco, Opportunity to Highlight Exemplary Bilateral Ties (Academic)

Rabat – The visit of President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, on Wednesday to Morocco, is an opportunity to highlight the exemplary relations between the two countries, Abdelouahed Akmir, professor of Iberian history at the Mohammed V Unive…


Rabat – The visit of President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, on Wednesday to Morocco, is an opportunity to highlight the exemplary relations between the two countries, Abdelouahed Akmir, professor of Iberian history at the Mohammed V University of Rabat, said.

Sanchez’s visit is an opportunity to assess what has been accomplished since the High-Level Meeting held in Rabat in February 2023, during which 19 agreements and memorandums of understanding were signed in various areas, Akmir told MAP.

The university professor highlighted the remarkable development in economic exchanges between the two countries, noting that Spain has been Morocco’s leading trading partner since 2012.

This visit, he said, also addressed a series of issues of common interest, such as security cooperation, particularly in the fight against terrorism, organized crime and illegal immigration, stressing that the Mediterranean basin is one of the regions where illegal migration has decreased over the last two years, thanks to
the close cooperation between Morocco and Spain in this area.

Sanchez’s visit to Morocco follows on from the new stage in bilateral relations, initiated by the meeting between HM the King and the President of the Spanish Government in April 2022, and the adoption, on that occasion, of the Joint Declaration between the two countries.

This new momentum is progressing satisfactorily. It is marked by strengthening cooperation, coordination and partnership in all fields, based on the principles of trust, mutual respect, ambition, good neighborliness and respect for commitments.

Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse