The Emilio Castelar prize, awarded to the Moroccan ambassador to Cuba, Boughaleb El Attar,

The Emilio Castelar prize, awarded to the Moroccan ambassador to Cuba, Boughaleb El Attar, represents “a message of friendship to overcome together a period of crisis and misunderstanding between Madrid and Rabat”, writes the Spanish magazine Atalayer.

According to the author of the article, this prize is also a “recognition of the work of rapprochement between the two countries bordering the Strait” carried out by the Moroccan diplomat.

The Emilio Castelar Prize is awarded by the Progressive Association of Spain to different personalities of the political and intellectual scene, both in Spain and abroad, in recognition of their career and their contribution to the values of peace and harmony.

Underlining El Attar’s contribution to the improvement of relations between Spain and Morocco, Atalayer noted that this prize “is of particular importance because it is the first time it has been awarded to a serving diplomat.

Atalayer recalls that the Moroccan diplomat was political advisor to the Moroccan embassy in Spain for eight years, before being appointed ambassador to the Republic of Cuba.

Atalayer recalls El Attar’s career and his “pioneering role” in the creation of the Hispano-Moroccan Friendship Club, which is considered “the most important Spanish non-governmental association that brings together businessmen, politicians, intellectuals, journalists, trade unionists, academics and artists”, and whose mission is to bring together the two Spanish and Moroccan societies, which are “separated by 14 kilometres of geography and significant historical prejudices”.

Finally, Atalayer underlines the efforts of the current Moroccan ambassador to Cuba in “promoting cooperation between the two countries in all areas.

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