FILE PHOTO: The border fence separating Spain’s northern enclave Ceuta and Morocco is seen from Ceuta, Spain, June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Juan Medina
June 8, 2021
MADRID (Reuters) -Spain respects Morocco’s resolution to limit sea journey between the 2 international locations through the summer season because it was primarily based on well being standards, the federal government spokeswoman mentioned on Tuesday.
Between 3 million and three.5 million Moroccans residing in Europe often make the crossing every summer season, a lot of them by means of southern ports from Spain, and Spanish authorities take measures to assist them.
The summer season exodus didn’t occur final 12 months due to restrictions imposed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, and Morocco has mentioned it will be the identical this 12 months.
“We live a state of affairs similar to final 12 months’s, with even the next incidence, and all of us agree the extra handy was to droop the ‘Straits crossing’ operation,” spokeswoman Maria Jesus Montero instructed reporters.
The Moroccan overseas ministry introduced on Sunday the nation will reopen worldwide passenger site visitors by means of airports and ports for vaccinated individuals or these with a unfavorable PCR check consequence.
Nevertheless, Rabat determined to maintain sea hyperlinks with Spanish ports closed to passenger site visitors. Moroccans residing in Europe will be capable to cross through French and Italian ports as a substitute, like final 12 months.
Montero’s feedback got here at a time of heightened diplomatic pressure between the 2 international locations.
Spain mentioned Morocco failed to manage its borders and let 1000’s of migrants into its North African enclave of Ceuta.
In the meantime, Morocco criticized Spain for admitting to hospital the chief of the Polisario Entrance, an organisation searching for the independence of Western Sahara, which is generally below management of Morocco.
(Reporting by Inti Landauro, Emma Pinedo, Nathan Allen, Modifying by Ingrid Melander and Angus MacSwan)