The second vice president of the Government, Pablo Iglesias, will not finally travel with the chief executive, Pedro Sánchez, to the bilateral summit of Morocco on December 17, which will be more limited than on other occasions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Although sources close to Iglesias had assured this Monday that the vice president would be part of the Spanish delegation that he will travel to Rabat, sources from Moncloa have indicated that he is not expected to attend the trip.
Yes, the Minister of Labor will be part of the delegation, Yolanda Díaz, from United We Can.
Moncloa sources have explained that due to the covid restrictions adopted by Morocco, the Spanish delegation will be less numerous than in previous high-level meetings. Specifically, they have commented that only the ministers who will sign a series of memorandums of understanding with their respective Moroccan counterparts will accompany Sánchez and that the second vice president will not be among them. It is in this context that the head of Labor will be part of the delegation headed by Sánchez.
Churches has maintained a controversial position on the situation in the Sahara, and recently recalled on social networks that the referendum on self-determination in that territory is still pending.
They called for a referendum
His coalition, United We Can, in November asked the Executive to work at the United Nations to comply with “resolution 690 of the 1991 Security Council that mandates the organization of a referendum with the establishment of a calendar and a fair census, as well as setting the guarantees for its compliance. “He also requested that the ceasefire” broken by Morocco in the Guerguerat pass “be maintained, where last month the Moroccan Army intervened to evict a group of Sahrawi protesters who had been three weeks blocking that 5-kilometer strip between Moroccan customs and the Mauritanian border.
Despite these positions, the Minister Spokesperson, María Jesús Montero, assured last Tuesday that Morocco has not conveyed to the Government “any kind of discomfort or regret” by the pronouncement of Iglesias, but “quite the opposite.”
The Spanish Government does not rule out that the Moroccan king, Mohamed VI, receives the president of the Executive, a matter that for the moment does not appear on the agenda and that “has nothing to do with elements other than the meeting itself”, alluding to the message that the second vice president expressed on social media.
Sánchez and the President of the Moroccan Government, Saadedín Otmani, They will meet in Rabat with several of their ministers with the increase in migratory pressure in the Canary Islands as one of the priority issues, after more than five years without a bilateral summit.
The last one took place in Madrid on June 5, 2015, with Mariano Rajoy as Prime Minister, and the time that has elapsed since then has been the longest between these summits since they were established in 1993 under the Presidency of Felipe González. In parallel to the XII High-Level Meeting (RAN) between Spain and Morocco, a business forum will be held in the Moroccan capital, headed by the top managers of the employers’ associations of the two countries