Ceuta-Melilla and Gibraltar: To improve Morocco-Spain relations, start by confronting Spanish double standards

The enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla have once again entered the centre of political debate in Spain. In a December statement to the Saudi news channel Al-Sharq, Morocco’s head of government, Saad Eddine Othmani said that the Spanish enclaves are Moroccan, and urged Spain’s government to open negotiations over their future, provoking a frenzy among a number of Spanish commentators. But Othmani’s statement was less about bringing Ceuta and Melilla to the fore, and more an attempt to convey Morocco’s displeasure with Spain’s lukewarm, and borderline hostile reaction to former President Trump’s reco…

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