LAlgeria is a neighbor "strategic" and Spanish diplomacy is working "seriously, calmly and quietly, as it should be"the minister told the media during a visit to the construction site of the new headquarters of the Civil Guard in Zaragoza.
Thus, Grande-Marlaska insisted on the fact that relations with this country are "significant and principal" for Spain, with which they have “relationships consolidated over time” and, in terms of security, “cooperation and coordination for the benefit of societies, both in the fight against terrorism and against organized crime and the mafias which traffic in human beings and are at the origin of irregular migration”.
Arrivals of illegal immigrants have fallen by 35% this year in the Balearic Islands, Almeria, Cartagena, Murcia and Alicante, he said.
Asked about the meeting held this Wednesday with the Moroccan Minister of the Interior, Abdelouafi Laftit, Marlaska stressed that Morocco is a neighbor “absolutely strategic and reliable” with whom the relationship is important "and transversal" in terms of security but also from an economic and cultural point of view, and with which the situation is “absolutely satisfying” since the meeting held between King Mohammed VI and the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, on April 7.
"There is a work team for the progressive and gradual opening of the borders, both for people and for goods, and always guaranteeing the safety of all"he insisted, while stressing that new meetings took place yesterday between the technical teams in charge of customs.
The proof of this good coordination between the two countries, underlined Marlaska, is the start of Operation Marhaba, which will continue until September 15 and will mobilize more than 3.2 million people and more than 700,000 vehicles, according to 2019 data that can be transferred this year, and which will request more than 20,000 military personnel in Spain.