Spain – Morocco

Royal phone call defuses tensions

Published on 12 August 2010 at 09:53

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"King calls Mohammed VI in the wake of Moroccan pressure on border" at Ceuta and Melilla. ABCreports that Spain’s Juan Carlos I and his opposite number in Rabat want to prevent "misunderstandings" from affecting good relations between their two countries. According to the daily, the telephone conversation marked the end of a minor diplomatic crisis, which had been prompted by a number of clashes between Spanish police and Moroccan citizens on the borders of two Spanish enclaves located in Moroccan territory. At the same time, ABCnotes that the economic crisis has coincided with a "fresh wave of incoming pateras" or barely seaworthy boats used by asylum seekers to land on the Spanish coast.

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