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Spain, Morocco Strengthen Economic Relations as Western Sahara Policy Tensions Decrease

Spain became Morocco's biggest trade partner as the bilateral trade increased to 17 billion euros in 2022

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Hrishita Chatterjee
Hrishita Chatterjee
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SPAIN: The first bilateral summit in eight years will be held by Spain and Morocco on Thursday. These two countries embark upon their mission to reinforce and boost their economic ties and create a diplomatic truce. The idea of which was reached last year following the tensions that lingered over migration and territory.

12 members of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s cabinet, along with the PM, will meet their counterparts in Rabat in order to initiate approximately 20 agreements to buttress trade and investment, including the line of credit to up to 800 million euros and to establish friendly ties between the two countries to understand the potency of certain areas beyond migration.

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Spain became Morocco’s biggest trade partner as the bilateral trade increased to 17 billion euros in 2022. A tense and thrilling relationship with Rabat can make Spain move on from the diplomatic crisis that has lately stormed 8,000 migrants in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta in 2021 as Morocco eased controls on the border.

This event was considered as a retaliation to Madrid’s decision to permit Brahim Ghali, head of the Polisario Front label group laying out interest to create an independent state in Western Sahara, to get into the bounds of Spain for medical aid.

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Friendly relationships were later established by Sanchez with Rabat in March 2022. This tension highlights Spain’s reliance on Morocco in order to filter migration by Moroccans and the sub-Saharan Africans wanting to trespass the European Union’s southernmost border.

Morocco, earlier in June, had given a rough estimate of its important duties on migration no sooner than the law implementation made people cross borders into Melilla, Spain’s other North African enclave leaving at least 23 people dead and a lot of people injured.

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A senior analyst at the Elcano Royal Institute, a Madrid think-tank, Haizam Amirah-Fernandez, said, “Morocco controls the flow of immigration and utilises it to communicate with and even extort concessions from its northern neighbours.”

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