February 14, 2021 – 9:20 AM – World
Spain is still in a difficult position when it comes to the Sahara issue. Many politicians and the majority of the Spanish population still support Policario, which embarrasses senior officials who support the UN position.
The BAB reports that the Spanish government is reluctant to support US recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over the Sahara and is not yet happy with the change that has taken place in the region for decades. With a U.S. base in southwestern Andalusia, Spain will have little choice, and Morocco has enacted new legislation to demarcate its maritime borders. For these reasons, the country wants to be in talks with both Morocco and the United States and cannot tolerate diplomatic crises.
According to the BAB, there is a split within Sanchez’s socialist government in Point Pedro over the Sahara issue. Prime Minister Sanchez’s Socialist Party supports the right to autonomy, which is widely supported at the United Nations, while his coalition partner, Podemos Policario, is led by Deputy Prime Minister Pablo Iglesias. Iglesias’ reports have sparked tensions between Morocco and Spain several times over the past year.
Spain would be ashamed of its dependence on Morocco. It mainly refers to issues of migration and security, important issues for the whole of Europe and disagreement about fishing waters. Although the EU has not yet backed the US decision, it is not prepared to risk its agreements with Morocco. Spain is playing harder than the union, of which the country is a part.
The newspaper points out that Spain has blocked the Catalan call for independence and is ready to support a handful of Policario separatists. The BAB calls on the Spanish government and the European Union to forge a new relationship with Morocco.