Following Madrid’s « annoyance » with the influx of Moroccan migrants in the Spanish-occupied city of Sebta (Ceuta), Morocco has decided to recall its ambassador, Karima Benyaich, for consultation. « The ambassador has been recalled for consultation and will return to Morocco shortly, » the Moroccan Foreign Ministry said.
Morocco’s ambassador to Spain, Karima Benyaich, has been called back by Rabat for consultation on Tuesday 18 May 2021. This recall, which conceals a deep diplomatic unease between Rabat and Madrid, comes against the backdrop of tension after the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha González summoned, on Tuesday, the Moroccan ambassador Karima Benyaich.
In addition, diplomatic relations between the two countries have been strained since the reception, at the end of April, by Spain, of the leader of the Polisario separatist militia, Brahim Ghali, for treatment of Covid-19. Entering Spain under a false identity and with the help of Algeria, Brahim Ghali is being prosecuted in Spain for torture, rape, kidnapping and sequestration by several victims and human rights associations.
But the head of the Spanish diplomacy Arancha González had declared that « once recovered from his Covid-19, the leader of the Polisario militia could return to Algeria on board the plane of the Algerian Presidency that had transferred him to Spain.
As a reminder, the reception of Brahim Ghali was secretly negotiated between the two foreign ministers of Algiers and Madrid. Spain did not inform Rabat. It was following a leak in the Iberian press that Spain tried to give explanations that did not convince Morocco of their sincerity.