The rift between Morocco and Spain over the Ghali affair does not seem to have affected relations between the heads of state. On a day of national celebration, Mohammed VI wanted to show his commitment and friendship with the Royal Family by means of a communiqué in which he congratulates the 12th of October. In addition, on behalf of all the Moroccan people, the monarch conveys his warmest congratulations and wishes for the health and happiness of the kings. He also took the opportunity to wish prosperity and progress for all the Spanish people, considered one of his greatest allies.
This is not the first time that the heads of state have shown the good relations that unite the two countries. On this occasion, Mohammed VI reiterated the Kingdom's intention to increase efforts to improve cooperation between historically twinned countries. With the severance of diplomatic relations between Algeria and Morocco, Spain will gain even more importance than it already has as a strong ally. However, the arrival of gas on Moroccan and Spanish soil is one of the headaches they will have to face as soon as possible.
King Felipe VI already showed the close ties between the two countries at the end of July, when he issued a statement congratulating the monarch of the Alawi kingdom on his birthday. He expressed 'best wishes for health and prosperity to the very dear friendly Moroccan people', on his own behalf and on behalf of 'the Spanish government and people'. It was the first missive after the migration crisis triggered by the reception of Ghali, which has landed former minister González Laya in the dock, despite her assurances that it was done "in accordance with the law".
The appointment of José Manuel Albares as head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is a declaration of intent regarding ties with Morocco. His figure, along with the magnificent relations that unite the monarchies, should be the bridge that brings the two governments, which have been estranged since the migration crisis at the beginning of the year, closer together. Albares held a telephone conversation with the Moroccan Foreign Minister, Nasser Bourita, in which both agreed to deal with diplomatic matters face-to-face in what will be the first meeting after the Ghali case.
The relationship between Mohammed VI and Felipe VI should be one of the most important factors in the recovery of diplomatic ties. Morocco needs, now more than ever, the support of its regional allies at a time of great complexity and in the midst of a transition in the government that will be led by Aziz Ajanuch. Spain, in its efforts to retain one of its major allies, will have to make an effort to recover the ground it has lost with the reception of the Polisario Front leader and once again present itself to the Kingdom as one of the countries it can trust for the future.