The customs crossings of occupied Ceuta and Melilla continue to remain closed, despite turning the page on the disputes between Spain and Morocco.
According to the Moncloa newspaper, the current situation requires opening the Ceuta and Melilla crossings with the Kingdom, in order to revive economic and commercial activity.
Moncloa confirmed in its report that Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had previously indicated that there were technical problems that hindered the opening of commercial customs offices at the Ceuta and Melilla crossings, and that they would be resolved.
The newspaper added that the last meeting between Pedro Sanchez and Nasser Bourita, during which the Kingdom confirmed that it wants any passage allowed to Spain across the borders of the two cities to be accompanied by a new phase of movement on the borders for Moroccans, from the cities near Ceuta and Melilla.
The same source highlighted that the President of the Merchants Association and the Melilla Businessmen’s Federation, Enrique Alcoba, said that the trade situation has worsened and no one knows the deadlines for opening commercial customs and facilitating the process of transporting products and goods.
The Spanish newspaper expected to find a solution to this issue before next April, explaining that opening the crossings would enable Moroccans living near Ceuta and Melilla to cross without the need for a visa, only with a passport.