Morocco, Spain publish joint statement; more talks to be held during September
Morocco and Spain said in a joint statement that they had endorsed a US-brokered agreement on settling their dispute over a tiny Mediterranean island.
"The foreign ministers of the two countries formally confirmed an accord to restore and maintain the situation on the islet of Perejil/Leila which pre-dated July 2002," said the statement released following talks in Rabat.
Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio and her Moroccan peer, Mohamed Benaissa met in order to ease tensions following the dispute over the islet.
Palacio and Benaissa will meet again in Madrid in September, the statement added. The statement added that the stance taken by the two sides did not "prejudge their position on the status of the islet."
The foreign ministers pledged to "implement the accord in good will" and to "open a frank and sincere dialogue to strengthen bilateral relations." (Albawaba.com)