Morocco Ready to Negotiate Overlapping Territorial Waters with Spain- FM

Morocco exercised its legitimate sovereign right to delimit its territorial waters and remains open to negotiations with Spain in case of overlaps, said foreign minister Nasser Bourita.

Delimiting territorial waters is a sovereign right guaranteed by the international law, he said following talks with Spanish foreign minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, in Rabat Friday

Spain delimited its waters in 2010 without taking Morocco’s permission, he told reporters.

While underscoring the close strategic partnership with Spain, the minister said that Morocco is ready to negotiate in case of overlaps in line with the international law.

Morocco is not seeking to impose a fait accompli, he added, noting that “dialogue is the solution.”

Spanish Foreign Minister said Morocco has the right to delimit its territorial sea in implementation of the UN Law of the Sea convention, adding that dialogue is key to resolving any potential dispute.

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