Tensions between the Kingdom and Spain are at their highest point. Morocco insists on prosecuting Polisario leader Brahim Ghali in the Spanish courts. « The hospitalisation of Brahim Ghali has broken the trust between Spain and Morocco to the point that the diplomatic crisis between the two countries is far from subsiding, » comments El Pais, explaining that Morocco has defined a new strategy after the migration crisis in Ceuta, evoking hidden projects of King Mohammed VI.
The hospitalisation of Polisario leader Brahim Ghali is one of the main reasons for the growing crisis between Spain and Morocco. The 71-year-old Sahrawi is expected to appear before the National Court judge, Santiago Pedraz, on 1ᵉʳ September. « We do not want to think that Rabat is conditioning the normalisation of relations on something that is not in the hands of the government, » diplomatic sources say, recalling that « in Spain there is a separation of powers ».
In a statement to El Pais, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, insists that her country « has never sought this crisis, nor has it fuelled it. What we want is to put it behind us as quickly as possible ». « We are respectful and we want them to be respectful with us, » she said.
The Spanish government is reported to have said that « Spain intended to inform Morocco of Ghali’s reception, but this was delayed because Spain was then fighting for the EU not to include Morocco in its grey list of tax havens ».
Furthermore, the Spanish newspaper’s correspondent insists that ‘King Mohammed VI has never given up on the annexation of the two Spanish cities (Ceuta and Melilla) in North Africa, but he considers that this task does not fall to his generation, but to that of his son’ Moulay El Hassan, who, it should be remembered, has reached the age of majority and is ready to take over the reins, after his father’s departure, of course. El Pais has previously indicated that ‘King Mohammed VI is determined to complete the work of his father, Hassan II, who won the war in Western Sahara and occupied most of the territory’.