Pedro Sánchez’s diplomatic friction with other countries and criticism for his drastic decision towards Argentina

Pedro Sánchez’s diplomatic friction with other countries and criticism for his drastic decision towards Argentina
Pedro Sánchez’s diplomatic friction with other countries and criticism for his drastic decision towards Argentina


The unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Spain and Argentina, which peaked with the definitive withdrawal of the Spanish ambassador in Buenos Aires by order of the Spanish president Pedro Sanchez after statements by Javier Milei against his wife, is not the first headache that foreign relations have caused the socialist president since he has been at the head of the Moncloa for six years.

A Sánchez’s change of position towards the Maghreb, in North Africa, brought about crises on two fronts, to which was later added the tension with Israel.

First it was with Morocco. In May 2021, Spain allowed the entry of Brahim Ghalileader of a Sahara liberation movement supported by Algeria and at odds with Morocco called Polisario Front, for medical treatment. So, Rabat called its ambassador in Spain for consultations as a demonstration against this measure.

The following year, in a notable twist, The Spanish government went on to defend that the Sahara, a territory that belonged to the Kingdom of Spain until 1975, be an autonomous region under the command of Morocco. Sánchez himself stated it in a letter to the king Mohamed VI.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, and the President, Pedro Sánchez, during a meeting with the head of government of Morocco, Aziz Akhannouch, in February 2024Moncloa

After that letter, The Moroccan ambassador, Karima Benyaich, returned to Madrid, after ten months of absence, which culminated with the entry of more than 10,000 irregular immigrants in Ceuta in May 2021.

But that reconciliation had its other side. The Algerian government called its ambassador in Madrid, Said Moussi, for consultations in March 2022. “surprised by this sharp turn of the Spanish position.

On November 2, 2023, relations between both countries were finally normalized, when Algeria sent a new ambassador, Abdelfetah Daghmoum.

According to the newspaper The country, The main consequence of the 19-month diplomatic crisis was a virtual suspension of exports of Spanish goods to Algeria, with Millionaires loses for affected companies, in sectors such as oil, paper or ceramic products.

Pedro Sánchez and the Israeli ambassador to Spain, Rodica Radian-Gordon, before the bilateral crisisPOOL MONCLOA/FERNANDO CALVO – POOL MONCLOA/FERNANDO CALVO

But days later, at the end of that month, what until now was the last diplomatic crisis of the Sánchez government broke out: Israel called its ambassador in Madrid, Rodica Radian-Gordon, for consultations. indefinitely after the Spanish president expressed his “frank doubts” that Benjamin Netanyahu’s government was acting within the framework of international humanitarian law in its war in Gaza.

The situation remains tense and promises to become even more complicated this Wednesday, when it is expected that Sánchez proposes to the Spanish Parliament to recognize Palestine as a State, an idea that has been promoted for weeks.

This weekend his latest diplomatic crisis broke out, but this time, it was not an ambassador in Madrid who was called for consultations but rather he was Sánchez who withdrew his ambassador in Buenos Aires, María Jesús Alonso. He decided after Milei, during a speech at the convention of the Spanish far-right party Vox in Madrid, called his wife, Begoña Gómez, “corrupt”, in reference to a case for influence peddling that is open against him. This Tuesday, the Spanish government announced that The ambassador’s withdrawal is “definitive.”

Meanwhile, the president of the Popular Party (PP), Alberto Núñez Feijóo, questioned Sánchez for definitively withdrawing his ambassador in Buenos Aires, while “he did not withdraw the ambassador to Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine.”

“Sanchez’s electoral interests are not more important than those of Spain in Argentina. It is another inappropriate overacting of someone who did not recall the ambassador to Russia due to the invasion of Ukraine. He demanded that this drift be reconsidered and stopped. We deserve a more serious policy,” the popular leader wrote in X, who has been calling for moderation in the face of the escalation since the weekend. The diplomatic crisis takes place in full electoral campaign towards the elections for the European Parliament at the beginning of June.

Sánchez also received criticism for his decision from the left. The former leader of Podemos Pablo Iglesias He questioned that Sánchez made this drastic decision with Argentina, when he did not do so with Israel.

The ambassador to Israel was not recalled neither because of the genocide nor because the Israeli authorities called the members of Podemos in the Government anti-Semites and pro-terrorists. Doing it because Milei insults the President’s wife is prolonging the absurd circus that Milei is looking for.”, wrote Iglesias, a reference for the most radical left in Spain.


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