MADRID Ė An official state visit of the king and queen of Spain to Morocco was being prepared for mid-February after such a trip suffered several delays, diplomatic sources said on Friday.
Although the exact date and agenda of the royal visit awaited official confirmation, both the Moroccan and Spanish governments have accelerated preparations for the visit, something that Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez had counted on taking place in 2019.
Sanchez was quoted by the press after his Nov. 19 meeting in Rabat with Morrocoís King Mohammed VI.
The Spanish royal visit has been in the pipeline since 2016 and was intended to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty between the two countries.
However, the political situation in Spain and delay in forming a cabinet in Morocco at the time led to the visit being postponed.
Spainís King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia visited Morocco in July 2014; their first visit to a non-European Union country after they became king and queen.
While that visit was more a royal presentation of the new Spanish king and queen, the upcoming trip will be their first official state visit to Spainís southern neighbor.