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Albares meets his Moroccan counterpart for the third time in a week, this time in Madrid

MADRID, 28 Nov.

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Albares meets his Moroccan counterpart for the third time in a week, this time in Madrid


The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, met this Monday in Madrid with his Moroccan counterpart, Naser Burita, in what is the third meeting between the two in less than a week, according to diplomatic sources reported to Europa Press, which frame the contact in the current "excellent relationship" between the two countries.

The two ministers have had the opportunity to continue advancing on the details with a view to holding the High-Level Meeting (RAN), which is expected to take place in Rabat at the end of January or beginning of February, as well as other bilateral matters and of a Mediterranean nature.

Albares met Burita on November 22 in Fez on the occasion of the Alliance of Civilizations forum and both held a working breakfast on November 24 before the ministerial forum of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM) in Barcelona.

The one in Barcelona was Burita's first visit to Spain in three years, as he himself acknowledged in statements to the press, while this Monday's visit to Madrid occurred because the Moroccan minister made a stopover in the capital, they have specified the sources.

The two ministers announced on Thursday that the date of the bilateral summit is being finalized, the first since 2015, and Burita specified that "the last week of January or the first of February" is being considered. The celebration of the RAN was scheduled for before the end of the year, according to the joint declaration after the meeting of the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, with King Mohamed VI on April 7 in Rabat.

On the other hand, both ministers stressed that what is included in this roadmap is being fulfilled point by point and Burita reiterated Morocco's commitment to "comply with all the provisions" of the joint declaration, which includes the reopening of customs in Melilla, closed unilaterally in 2018, and the creation of a new one in Ceuta, where until now it did not exist.

Regarding this matter, Albares indicated that the plan for "the first passage of goods by land to take place" is maintained, as both agreed in September that it would occur at the beginning of 2023. He also announced that this week "a technical meeting will take place in which the date will be established, which will be prior to the high-level meeting".

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