Inauguration of customs and high-level meeting. Morocco and Spain begin a new stage of cooperation

Months after the return of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Morocco and Spain announced today, Wednesday, the beginning of a new stage in relations between the two countries, with the holding of a new high-level meeting.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Residents Abroad, Nasser Bourita, met today in New York with the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Alparis, and they jointly announced the “normalization of the movement of people and goods by land”. and sea” from next January, in addition to holding a high-level meeting in Rabat before the end of the year, according to the Spanish agency “Effie”.

Although apparently they were referring to the movement of trade with occupied Ceuta and Melilla, neither of the two ministers mentioned the two cities, and Minister Alparis said that this passage of merchandise will take place “through land customs ports throughout the month of January.” which means opening two Customs offices in both occupied cities, after they were closed since 2018.

When Minister Bourita was specifically asked if it was agreed to open two customs offices in these two occupied cities, he avoided answering and limited himself to saying that both countries are working together “to return to normal life in an effective, coordinated and expeditious manner.” , including persons and property by land.” and the sea.”

Apart from this topic, Alparis congratulated the course of relations with Morocco and gave two examples, the first of which is the growth of Spanish exports during 2022 by 30% compared to the same period last year, totaling 6 billion dollars, and a 20% reduction in the number of immigrants in Spain in the last four months compared to the previous summer.

However, the two ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, “especially on the Atlantic front”, Alparis said, referring to the vast Atlantic coast that also includes the shores of the Moroccan Sahara.