Madrid, Rabat Share ‘Same Vision’ on All Issues of Common Interest – Spanish MFA Official

Spain and Morocco share “the same vision” on all international and regional issues of common interest, said Alberto José Ucelay Urech, director general for the Maghreb, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East at the Spanish Foreign Ministry, in Madrid on Wednesday. “We have so much in common with Morocco. We have a shared vision on the issues that concern our peoples, our region, our European, Mediterranean and Atlantic neighborhood,” Ucelay said at the presentation of the University of Salamanca’s Morocco Chair at the Casa Árabe (Arab House). “Spain and Morocco have increasingly visible common interests in the economic and human spheres,” the Spanish official added, noting that the two countries, which share a “thousand-year history,” are “on the right track” to strengthen their bilateral relations in all areas. In this sense, Ucelay pointed out that this Chair will undoubtedly contribute to “a better appreciation of this heritage and will shed light on the path to be followed” in order to give new impetus to bilateral relations. “An event like today’s is the best way to demonstrate and reaffirm our heritage through culture and knowledge, which will allow us to deepen this shared reality,” he said. “Spain is making an enormous effort to highlight its shared heritage with Morocco in order to present it to humanity as a great promise for the future,” said Ucelay. The Morocco Chair at the University of Salamanca, the first of its kind in Spain, will be dedicated to the study, analysis and debate of Spain and Morocco as an area united by historical, human, cultural and civilizational ties. Through studies, seminars, congresses and conferences, it will highlight Morocco’s ancestral and historical wealth as an Arab-Muslim and African civilization, as well as the development the Kingdom is undergoing under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.