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Insomnia in foreign policy

Wednesday, 23 December 2020 – 01:27

Foreign policy does not admit internal divisions: territorial integrity is at stake


The open diplomatic crisis with Morocco begins to acquire worrying shades. The Foreign Minister has had to urgently summon the Moroccan ambassador to Spain after her Prime Minister, Saadeddine El Othmani, reactivated the crazy aspirations of the alahu kingdom over Ceuta and Melilla. The Moroccan president feels so grown after the agreement with Trump that he managed to get the United States to recognize the Moroccan sovereign of Western Shara – violating co

In this, the United Nations resolutions and international law – which in a recent interview has taken a further step to affirm that Ceuta and Melilla are as Moroccan as the Shara. A thick lie then

Ceuta and Melilla have been as Spanish as Madrid or Barcelona for five centuries

. Such demonstrations have set off the alerts of the department headed by Arancha Gonzlez Laya. The problem is that Spain cannot limit itself in this matter to having a merely reactive role. The latest events, from the calculated pressure of the irregular migratory flow to the Canary Islands – a large part of whose boats were of Maghreb origin – to the

realignment with the United States and Israel to strengthen their position vis-à-vis Spain

, indicate a perfectly defined strategy on the part of our southern neighbor, a strategy governed by geopolitical interests that, on the other hand, are not new at all. Precisely because of our border condition in Europe and our delicate neighborhood with Morocco, an intelligent diplomatic tradition recommended that the first visit of each new Spanish president be to Rabat. Pedro Sanchez broke that tradition, and

He ended up aggravating things by coalition with Pablo Iglesias

, leader of a party openly opposed to Israel and responsible for a fierce request for a referendum for the Shara that set the relationship with Morocco on fire. While Gonzlez Laya tries to put out that fire started by his coalition partner,

Morocco sniffs the weakness of the Spanish Government

, given over to a politics of alliances that systematically question national sovereignty. The Moroccans know it, and as they did in the days of Zapatero, they reactivate their inadmissible demands. In January, Rabat approved two laws that clash with international legislation and that fully affect Spain because they overlap with the waters that our country also demands. Marlaska’s visit to the country had no effect whatsoever: only that he lied when he ensured that the Government would not transfer illegal immigrants to the Peninsula.

The control of migratory flows, which Morocco uses at its convenience, and cooperation in anti-terrorism matters

They are also two central issues in bilateral relations that are now in danger. Faced with such a provocation, Sánchez, instead of copying Zapatero’s pro-Moroccan policy, must lead a state response that preserves the interests of Spain. The bilateral summit suspended in December – supposedly due to the pandemic – will be held in February, in theory.

Foreign policy does not allow insomnia and internal divisions.

Territorial integrity is at stake.

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