The government of Pedro Sachnez provided Morocco with financial aid of $30 million, in addition to four-wheel drive vehicles, according to the Spanish newspaper “Ok Diario”, just one month after it was revealed that his phone had been hacked through the Israeli “Pegasus” application, and the finger was pointed at Rabat because of its precedents in this the field.
And the “Ok Diario” website reported that a little less than a month after Sanchez’s phone was hacked through the Pegasus program, “the Ministry of the Interior signed a decision granting direct assistance to the Kingdom of Morocco to finance activities to combat irregular immigration,” and that was on June 21, 2021, a month after Sanchez’s phone hacked. According to the source, the letter, which was addressed to the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior, was signed by Minister of Interior Fernando Grande Marlasca, and estimated the value of the aid at 30 million dollars.
Last March, Rabat announced Madrid’s support for the autonomy initiative as a solution to the conflict in Western Sahara, in a letter sent by Sanchez to Mohammed VI, which represented a fundamental shift in the position of Spain, the historical colonizer of Western Sahara.
Last May, the Spanish government announced that the mobile phones of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Defense Minister Margarita Robles had been subjected to illegal external eavesdropping by the “Pegasus” program, and a few days later the Spanish intelligence director Paz Esteban was sacked.
In an interview with the newspaper “El Periodique de España”, the former Spanish Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzalez Laya, accused Morocco of carrying out “eavesdropping operations” last year during the diplomatic dispute with Madrid because of its reception of Sahrawi President Ibrahim Ghali for medical reasons. In the interview, Gonzalez Laya said that “everything has been used during this crisis to discredit this humanitarian aid” to Ghali.
Over time, the backgrounds of the new Spanish position on the issue of Western Sahara, which is biased towards Morocco, are revealed, and it appears that the incident of spying on the phone of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez through the “Pegasus” application affected the positions and decisions of Madrid, including its foreign positions similar to the Western Sahara issue, even if Rabat denied any connection to it. Targeting the phone of the Spanish Prime Minister.
Sanchez’s announcement of his support for the Moroccan proposal in the Western Sahara issue sparked widespread controversy in Spain, due to the sudden decision that was taken at a narrow level and was not consulted even within the government team, which prompted the opposition to question Sanchez in Parliament.
Several media reports linked Sanchez’s pro-Moroccan decision to the issue of his mobile phone being hacked by “Pegasus”, and some reports went to talk about Moroccan blackmailing Sanchez.
The privileges and advantages that the Moroccan regime has benefited from are subject to a wide discussion within Spain, and in this context, the newspaper “Ok Diario” spoke about the size of Morocco’s military spending, which pays millions of dollars in order to modernize and renew its military arsenal, referring to the secret agreement between Rabat and Beijing, according to which the secret agreement was obtained. The Moroccan army on the Chinese “Wing Loong 2” drones, which fly at a distance of 7,000 kilometers, which the report considered a threat to the balance of power to control the strait. But at the same time, the newspaper points out that Spain continues to provide Morocco with police equipment and four-wheel drive vehicles worth millions of dollars.