Spain considers including Ceuta, Melilla fully in Schengen area

Photo: EPA Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya

Spain's Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya announced on Tuesday her government is considering including Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s enclaves in North Africa, fully in Europe’s passport-free Schengen area, Reuters reported. Currently, Moroccans from the towns surrounding the enclaves can enter without a visa, but need one to travel by sea or air into continental Spain or other Schengen member countries.

The move comes amid a row between Spain and Morocco over issues linked to Western Sahara, a region Morocco claims sovereignty over. Gonzalez Laya declined to comment on the row, saying her ministry is working “under discretion.”

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