Spain reiterates support for UN solution concerning Western Sahara issue

Madrid, Jan 12, 2022 (SPS)- Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, reiterated his country's support for the efforts of the new UN envoy for Western Sahara, Staffan de Mistura, while stressing his position in favor of a political solution that would allow the Sahrawi people to exercise their right to self-determination in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions.

Mr. José Manuel Albares, In response to a question about the level of cooperation with Morocco in confronting immigration, said, "I am not satisfied with that, we have to go further," according to what was reported by Europe Press.

Regarding the Western Sahara conflict, the Spanish minister affirmed the support of Staffan de Mistura, the new envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the conflict, and also revealed that Madrid has placed a military plane at the disposal of the Special Envoy, who will tour the parties to the conflict starting tomorrow, Wednesday.

In his response to his country's position on the conflict, especially after the crisis with Morocco over Western Sahara, the minister said that Spain "supports a permanent and mutually acceptable political solution within the framework of the United Nations."

The foreign minister's statements come in the same context as the new national security strategy approved by the government last Tuesday, which lays out a thorny framework for relations with Morocco that stipulates what it considered "respect for Ceuta and Melilla" and "sincere cooperation."

Relations between Morocco and Spain are going through a real crisis that erupted after Madrid rejected former US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Morocco's alleged sovereignty over Western Sahara, and then Morocco tolerated the entry of thousands of Moroccans to Ceuta last May. There has been no ambassador in the Moroccan embassy in the Spanish capital, Madrid, since last May.