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The customs of Ceuta and Melilla will reopen in January for the transit of goods with Morocco


The agreement was reached this Wednesday by the Foreign Ministers of Spain and Morocco in New YorkThe reopening of the border crossings is one of the points of the declaration signed between Madrid and Rabat on April 7The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation , José Manuel Albares, and his Moroccan counterpart, Naser Burita, have agreed this Wednesday that the customs of Ceuta and Melilla open for commercial transit “throughout the month of January.” “We have agreed to work so that the beginning of the passage of goods in an orderly and gradual manner through the land customs posts takes place throughout the month of January,” Albares pointed out after the meeting with Burita in New York on the margins of the UN General Assembly. This is one more step after the turn taken by Spain in its position on Western Sahara that was contemplated in the declaration of April 7 signed by the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, and King Mohamed VI. An agreement that, according to Moroccan Foreign Minister, your country intends to comply. Burita has assured that both Spain and Morocco will work for “an effective return to normality” in relation to the passage of people and goods through land and sea posts, trusting that the necessary “devices” are in place “from the beginning of the year within the framework of frank cooperation between two partners and friends”. The customs issue was one of the ones that had aroused the most interest, since although there was already one in Melilla, which Morocco unilaterally closed in 2018 before of the pandemic, in Ceuta we had to start from scratch. Sánchez and Mohamed VI, summit in NovemberThe meeting has served both to “design the next steps” within the framework of the new stage in the relationship that inaugurated Sánchez’s visit to Rabat last April and to reaffirm the will that the meeting level, which has not been held since 2015, take place as set in the joint declaration, before the end of the year. According to Albares, the goal they have set is for it to be in November. The summit, which was to be held in December 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic and later due to the crisis in relation to the reception of the leader of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, “will be a new opportunity to take stock and continue advancing together and reaffirming Spanish-Moroccan friendship”. The minister assured that all the working groups included in the April declaration have already met, “complying with the planned work schedule”, and highlighted the “significant advances” that have been made in these months, such as the resumption of the operation Crossing the Strait or the reestablishment of air, sea and land communications. Decrease in the arrival of irregular migrants Albares has highlighted the “excellent cooperation” on immigration as reflected in the data with a drop in irregular arrivals of 20% in the last four months compared to the same period in 2021. This decrease, he stressed, is “the result of joint work against the criminal networks of human trafficking”, which is why both have agreed “to continue reinforcing that cooperation, very particularly on the Atlantic coast”, which is the one that affects the Canary Islands.



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