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Morocco, Spain mend ties after change in policy on Western Sahara | News | DW


Morocco and Spain on Thursday agreed to ease their strained relations after Madrid supported Rabat’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara, ending a year-long diplomatic crisis.

“Today is an important day for Spain and Morocco because we initiate a new phase of bilateral relations,” Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said after meeting with Moroccan King Mohammed VI in Rabat. 

A statement from the Moroccan Royal Palace said the two leaders “reiterated their willingness to
usher in a new phase, based on mutual respect, mutual trust, permanent consultation and frank and faithful cooperation.”

What had caused diplomatic tensions?

The diplomatic tensions began a year ago when Madrid allowed Brahim Ghali, leader of the Polisario Front, which seeks independence for the territory of…



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