On Thursday, Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles arrived in the occupied city of Ceuta, marking the first visit by a representative of the Spanish Ministry of Defense to the occupied port in more than 25 years.
The minister visited the military barracks in the city, where she was received by Juan Jesus Vivas, representative of the government of Ceuta.
This is the first visit by a Spanish defense minister to occupied Ceuta since the last visit of “Edward Serra” during the rule of José María Aznar in 1996.
The visit comes two weeks after the Royal Armed Forces announced the construction of a new military base at Al Hoceima.
And last October, the Spanish government sent a note verbale to the United Nations Human Rights Council to highlight what it called “the Spanish character of Ceuta and Melilla.”
This comes in response to the content of Morocco’s letter to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which clarifies that Melilla and Ceuta are occupied, and one cannot talk about borders, but rather about crossing points.