José Manuel Albares reveals that he maintains contacts with Morocco and Algeria and that gas for Spain is not in danger

Spain maintains talks with Morocco and Algeria after the rupture of relations between these two countries, as long as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manu

José Manuel Albares reveals that he maintains contacts with Morocco and Algeria and that gas for Spain is not in danger

Spain maintains talks with Morocco and Algeria after the rupture of relations between these two countries, as long as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, who has appeared to report the Spanish mission in Afghanistan and for Present the lines of your department, after its appointment last July as a substitute for Arancha González Laya.

This relay was motivated by the open crisis with Morocco, on which Albare has gone on tiptoe despite the fact that at this time communication is restored and Mohamed VI himself publicly announced his willingness to open "new stage" of relations with Spain.

And just in this context back to normality with Rabat, the constant and historical rocks between Morocco and Algeria have been aggravated, faced by Sahara and leadership in North Africa.

At its first intervention, Albare has been very cautious, has highlighted the importance that the Maghreb has for our country - the second market for Spain after the EU - has set as an example of the fragile that is the stability in the region the Rupture of relations between Algiers and Rabat and has argued that "one of my main priorities will be relations with Morocco and Algeria, friends and partner countries."

According to the minister, he is talking to both countries and no one should "worry" in Spain because the "gas supply is not in danger". Algeria is the main gas supplier in Spain and approximately half of this resource comes from there, through the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline, which unites the Algerian deposits of Hassi R'mel through Morocco and the Strait of Gibraltar.

The PP asked Albares if the bill of light, already at historical prices, can be further promoted by the rupture of diplomatic relations between Algiers and Rabat. The Algerian Energy Minister, Mohamed Arkab, announced on Thursday that from autumn all the gas he exports to Europe will be sent by the Medgaz gas pipeline, between Spain and Algeria, through the sea of Alborán, to avoid the Moroccan territory. This is one of the data that allows the government to affirm that the supply is guaranteed.

However, the Executive is disturbed by the consequences of this new crisis between Algeria and Morocco, especially in case any of them demands support gestures.

The territorial issue of Western Sahara has been a constant element of tension between the two countries. Although it has also been asked - concretely, the deputy of Bildu-If Spain will change its position, as Rabat demands, after Donald Trump recognizes, against international law, the Moroccan sovereignty of Sahara, the Minister has been referred to The traditional Spanish posture of defense of a solution within the framework of the United Nations.

What he has made clear albares is that he wants to take "extraordinarily well" with Morocco because many interests of Spain are at stake, and that the relationship with this country is much more "broad" than the differences it maintains with respect to Sahara.

Updated Date: 03 September 2021, 12:44

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