Spain: Packages opened were not diplomatic bags

The packages that were opened on Gibraltar's border with Spain were not diplomatic bags, Spain's Foreign Minister said.

A view looking West over Gibraltar with Cadiz Province with Spain in the background. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Jose Garcia-Margallo reportedly told the BBC: "There is no incident. If it is not a diplomatic bag, there is no diplomatic incident. A bag was opened, which was not a diplomatic bag."

A Foreign Office spokesman said the bags were "clearly marked as the property of HM Government" and, as such, were covered by the Vienna Convention.

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UK 'assured' over Spain search

Spain has given an assurance there will be no repeat of the incident in which officials on the border with Gibraltar searched a British diplomatic bag, the Foreign Office has said.