The president of Moroccan Government, Saadedin Otmani, affirmed in an interview that after solving the conflict in Western Sahara, he will discuss with Spain the issue of Spanish cities Ceuta and melilla, whose sovereignty is claimed by the Maghreb country.
These statements were expressed by Otmani in an interview with the Egyptian channel “Acharq” this weekend that was picked up by various Moroccan media.
The President of the Moroccan Government indicated that for the moment Rabat does not raise the question of Ceuta and Melilla, an issue that has been in the “status quo” for a long time, he said.
In addition, he stressed that his country’s current priority is solve the conflict in Western Sahara.
Faced with the insistent questions from the channel’s journalist about whether Rabat considers Ceuta and Melilla a priority issue, Otmani confirmed it while adding that one day Rabat will open this file with Spain.
Asimismo, Otmani praised the bilateral relations between Spain and Morocco who called them “successful” at all levels.
On the other hand, the Moroccan Prime Minister emphasized Spain’s position on the Sahara and added that “Spaniards now understand more” Rabat’s position in this conflict.
Morocco’s foreign policy is the exclusive domain of King Mohamed VI, and in recent years Moroccan diplomacy did not have among its priorities the claim to the sovereignty of Spanish cities, although the issue arises sporadically by some nationalist political parties.