Arguing between Spain and Morocco escalates

The quarrel between Morocco and Spain, which led to thousands of migrants storming the Spanish North African enclave of Ceuta, continues to flare up. The Moroccan Ambassador in Madrid threatened to act after remarks from the Spanish Foreign Minister.

Prior to the storming, both countries were rambling over the Spanish aid to a sick separatist leader, Brahim Ghali of the Polisario Front. That group wants its own state in the Western Sahara claimed by Morocco. The Moroccan government found it unacceptable that it had not been informed that Ghali was in a Spanish hospital and called back its ambassador.

The remark made by the Spanish Minister Arancha González that Ghalis arrival in Spain was not a secret but discreet and that it is up to Madrid to decide on that, according to insiders, Morocco has fallen into the wrong throat. If Ghali leaves the country the same way he entered, it could cut the ties with Spain.

Territorial integrity

The Moroccan ambassador believes that Spain is jeopardising the territorial integrity of her country and promised a response. If Ghali leaves the country the same way he entered, ties with Spain could be broken, the government in Rabat said earlier.

The storming of Ceuta was possible because the Moroccan authorities allowed migrants to go against the agreements, allegedly as a kind of retaliation.

Polisario leader Ghali, who is in a hospital in Spain, must attend a Spanish trial digitally on Tuesday for alleged war crimes.