Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybáñez, travelled yesterday to Washington D.C. where he engaged in a productive series of meetings.
Minister Ybáñez held a political consulation with his counterpart, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in which both reviewed the state of bilateral relations between the two countries. They addressed, among other topics, the preparations for the recently formally announced visit of President Obama to Spain from the 9th to the 11th of July.
Both speakers took the opportunity to analyze diverse questions regarding the international agenda. Special attention was given to the topics of the conflict in Syria, the current situation in Iraq, the crisis in Libya, the fight against terrorism and the Islamic State, and the tensions between Ukraine and Russia. Also discussed were the preparations for the next NATO Summit to be held in Warsaw on the 8th and 9th of July and the cooperation between Spain and the United States in the UN Security Council, of which Spain will be a temporary member until this coming December.
Minister Ybáñez also met with other members of the American executive branch, such as in the White House with Charles Kupchan of the National Security Council, and a meeting at the Department of State with Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, Victoria Nuland.
In Congress, Minister Ybáñez met with Senator Tim Kaine, a democrat from Virginia, member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and chairman of the US-Spain Council, with whom he discussed preparations for the hosting of the 21st US-Spain Annual Forum that will place in Santiago de Compostela on June 17th and 18th. In Congress, Ybáñez also met with House Republicans Ed Royce (from California) and Mario Díaz-Balart (from Florida).
Finally, Minister Ybáñez took advantage of his time in Washington to attend a working lunch at the Residence of the Spanish Ambassador with representatives from the most prestigious Thinktanks and centers of analysis for international politics.