the borders of Sebta and Melilla open this summer
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares has indicated that the land borders between Sebta Melilla and Morocco will be opened this summer in an “orderly and progressive” manner.
This will be particularly beneficial for the two enclaves, the Canary Islands and Andalusia, he said in an interview with La 2 and Radio 4 picked up by Europa Press.
The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs indicated that Spain and Morocco ” were entering a new stage of trust », based – according to him « on mutual respect and the absence of unilateral decisions », advocating that we cannot base international relations on speculation or conjecture, they are based on facts ».
He also underlined that “Operation Crossing the Strait OPE or Marhaba depending on the bank, the details of which were discussed yesterday in Rabat will indeed take place, and that the reopening of the border with Sebta and Melilla is also expected. soon and that it was going to be done “in a strategic way”. The operation to cross the strait this summer will mobilize a hell of a system which will be launched soon with the means necessary for its success, according to the Under-Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Isabel Goicoechea, “an example of coordination between neighboring countries “.
Similarly, sources from the Spanish delegation present in Rabat said that in the design of the operation Marhaba Sebta and Melilla were involved and Morocco had raised “no objection” to the passage through the presides.
That said, on the side of the enclaves precisely, we had long hoped that the opening date would be in May. Unfortunately, the state of health emergency in Morocco has been extended until May 31. Therefore pReviews and expectations changed again, much to the chagrin of Melilla president Eduardo de Castro, who was outspoken and delivered criticism that was as futile as it was ineffective.
As a result, some are basing serious expectations on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, who plans to travel to Morocco on May 11 to attend the ministerial meeting (84 countries) of the coalition against the Islamic State organized by the Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and which will bring together the ministers who compose it. But that is not the subject, it is something else and has more to do with terrorism, and cooperation in this area between Spain and Morocco is going well.
Thursday’s migration meeting of the Spanish-Moroccan Mixed Commission in Rabat chaired by the Director of Migration and Border Surveillance of Morocco, Khalid Zerouali and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior, Isabel Goicoechea, was more indicated in the preparations for Operation Marhaba, including for the enclaves, as soon as that of Marrakech on May 11, 2022.
The measures adopted between Spain and Morocco revolve around various factors, among which the fluidity and safety of transit, assistance to travelers and prevention and protection of public health stand out.