The Moroccan government announced on Thursday that discussions with Spain on the implementation of a roadmap for relations are proceeding at a “very satisfactory pace.”
Various issues between the two countries are being evaluated one by one, government spokesperson Mustapha Baytas said after a Cabinet meeting.
Since it agreed to a “new roadmap” to improve ties with Morocco, Spain’s government spokesperson Isabel Rodriguez said her country is satisfied with the “positive results” that have been achieved on Tuesday.
Positive results of the roadmap were welcomed by both Madrid and Rabat, which made progress on many bilateral issues of common interest possible, she said.
Spain had previously supported Western Sahara’s independence. However, the government was persuaded to accept the position that Western Sahara should be an autonomous region with Morocco, after diplomatic tensions with Morocco soared last year.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Morocco’s vision is the most “credible and realistic way” to end the ongoing conflict, in defense of the country’s position in Spain’s parliament on Wednesday.
A firm supporter of Western Saharan independence, Algeria has described Spain’s U-turn as “a betrayal.”