Morocco, Spain in talks for first time after islet dispute
Morocco's foreign minister arrived in Madrid for talks with his Spanish after a territorial dispute over a tiny Mediterranean islet.
Mohamed Benaissa was to meet Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio for the first time in five months in a move aimed to "restore normal relations between the two countries," a Spanish diplomat said Tuesday. Moroccan officials have said they are hoping for the return of ambassadors to both countries.
In a newspaper interview published Wednesday, Benaissa said Morocco wanted to have a "heart to heart" with Spain. "We are going to open a heart-to-heart dialogue in as much as we are neighbouring and friendly countries with an active and influential role in the region," he told Asharq Al Awsat on the eve of his departure for Madrid. (Albawaba.com)
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