Activists in Morocco demanded a boycott of Spanish products on Saturday after rising tensions between Rabat and Madrid over hosting the leader of a banned separatist movement in Western Sahara, reports Anadolu Agency.
Thousands of boycott calls have been made, including journalists on social media with accounts in Arabic, French and Spanish.
In Morocco, where more than 800 Spanish companies operate, Spain has been considered a trading partner since 2012.
Tensions began at the end of April when Madrid welcomed Brahim Ghali to Spain to treat a serious case of coronavirus.
The Spanish authorities did not inform the Moroccan government of this decision.
Spain claims it was for humanitarian purposes, but Moroccan authorities called it an “unacceptable provocation” and threatened consequences.
After high-level diplomatic meetings on Tuesday, tensions eased slightly. Moroccan authorities regained control of the border region, while Spain’s High Court summoned Ghali on June 1 for a preliminary hearing in a war crimes case against him.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez expressed his strong commitment to protecting Spain’s borders but did not directly criticize Morocco.