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Spain bans ships carrying weapons for Israel from docking in its ports

Friday 17-May-2024

MADRID, (PIC)

Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Albares, announced on Friday that his country will not allow ships carrying weapons to Israel to dock in its ports, after Spain denied a ship to dock at Cartagena port southeast Spain.

Albares pointed out that the ship was the first to be denied stopover at Spanish ports, noting that this is consistent with the government’s decision not to grant licenses for exporting weapons to Israel since October 7, because Spain “does not want to contribute to the war.”

For his part, the Spanish Minister of Transport, Oscar Puente, announced that Marian Danica ship was carrying a shipment of weapons for Israel, and had requested permission to stop at the port of Cartagena, on May 21, but Spain refused.

El Pais newspaper reported that the ship was carrying approximately 27 tons of explosives.

The High Representative for Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Josep Borrell, announced in an interview with Spanish radio “RNE” that Spain will recognize the State of Palestine on May 21, quoting the Spanish Foreign Minister.

The European official confirmed that European countries such as Malta, Ireland and Slovenia are on their way to recognizing the State of Palestine, noting that these countries announced in a joint statement on March 22 that they agreed to take the first steps towards recognizing a Palestinian state.

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