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Spain calls in UK ambassador over Gibraltar boat incident

Published 11/07/2016

Diplomatic issues are common between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar
Diplomatic issues are common between the UK and Spain over Gibraltar

Spain's foreign ministry has called in the British ambassador to protest over what it described as "reckless behaviour" by a Gibraltar police boat patrol towards a Spanish police vessel.

The ministry said it had lodged a serious complaint with Ambassador Simon Manley, saying Gibraltar police had approached a Spanish police vessel twice at great speed on Friday and only diverted to avoid a collision at the last moment.

Ministers said the action, which occurred in waters between Gibraltar and Spain, had placed both crews at risk.

Spain ceded Gibraltar's sovereignty to Britain in a 1713 treaty, but has persistently sought its return ever since.

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