Sánchez: «The Rabat proposal is the most serious, credible and realistic»

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, this morning in Congress. / EFE

The president explained in Congress the change in Spain and assured that he will not accept that immigration be used as a "pressure weapon"

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Two months after the signing of the joint declaration between
Spain and Morocco and the change of position of the central Executive regarding the situation in the Sahara, the Prime Minister,
Pedro Sanchezdefended yesterday in Congress his position in favor of the Rabat proposal to resolve the
Saharawi conflict since it considers that it is the
“more serious, credible and realistic basis”.

He respects that this criterion is not shared by the different forces that have expressed criticism, but he specified that "he is mistaken" who does not recognize that it is necessary to
unravel a conflict that lasts too long.

For this reason, he asked the parliamentary groups to understand the dimension of a State policy and the importance of having a key to give
stability to the region. In any case, he insisted that the solution will have to come from an agreement between the parties and must satisfy the
conditions set by the UN.

After recalling that other countries such as the United States, France or Germany share Spain's position, Sánchez rejected that his decision goes against the Sahara.
«Spain has not disregarded the cause of the Saharawi people», he said, but on the contrary "we have placed the debate where we believe it should be, in the active search for a political and mutually acceptable solution within the framework of the United Nations" after almost half a century of conflict.

Immigration

The President of the Government also highlighted, when assessing relations with Morocco, the importance of
cooperation against immigration that especially affects the Canary Islands, Ceuta and Melilla and affirmed that the State will not tolerate the instrumentalization of this matter "as a weapon of pressure".

Sánchez heard criticism from both sides of the chamber, since it was not only the opposition that reproached him for this change of position on the Sahara, but also his government partner, United We Can.

Thus, the spokesman for
United We Can in Congress, Pablo Echeniqueasked Pedro Sánchez for a "brave bet" for peace and for the containment of military spending, and was convinced that a
rectification in the position on the Sahara would stop the extreme right.

Once again, the parliamentarian of the purple formation wanted to make clear the
discrepancies that maintains this formation with the socialist part of the Government due to the turn it has taken regarding the Sahara and due to its decision to increase military spending after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In his speech, Echenique forcefully defended the right to
self-determination of the Saharawi peopleafter reminding Pedro Sánchez that «Morocco is an aggressor power» and that «the Sahara is the attacked people».

negotiated solution

For its part, the
PP spokesperson, Cuca Gamarraasked Pedro Sánchez to return to a position of
"active neutrality" on Western Sahara, within the framework of the solution negotiated by the parties, requested by the UN, and asked what is the use of the shift if the customs with Morocco are still closed.

The main opposition party reproached the "slap" on the Sahara given by the Executive after the appearance and spoke of the
Sanchez's "failure" because the commercial customs remain closed. In addition, he disfigured the disunity within the Government regarding a change of position in foreign policy that does not have the approval of Congress either.

Furthermore, the leader of
Citizens (Cs), Inés Arrimadas, accused the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, of generating, on the other hand, a
diplomatic problem with Algeria and the supply of gas in the midst of the current energy crisis by changing its position on Western Sahara and supporting the proposal of the Alawite kingdom on the autonomy of the former Spanish colony.

"Don't lie and don't say that nothing has changed because if Spain's position hasn't changed (on the Sahara) then why does the King of Morocco celebrate it so much and is he so happy?" in a year of sneaking the leader of the Polisario Front into Spain, Brahim Gali, to support the Moroccan autonomy plan for Western Sahara.

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