​Minister Borrell and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after their meeting at the U.S. Department of State
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, visits Washington, D.C.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union, and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, visited Washington, D.C. this week to participate in the Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers, in honor of the Organization’s 70th anniversary. He held meetings with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Advisor John Bolton, and members of Congress.
4/5/2019
He began the visit with a conversation at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) on Monday, April 1, where he discussed topics, including the future of Europe, the upcoming Spanish and European elections, Brexit, the celebration of NATO’s 70th anniversary, and transatlantic relations as a whole. You can watch full talk here.
 
That same day, Minister Borrell held a meeting with the State Secretary of the United States, Mike Pompeo. They analyzed the situation in Venezuela after the recent meeting of the International Contact Group in Quito and the ways to solve the current crisis. Minister Borrell called for free, transparent and trustworthy elections to be held as soon as possible. The meeting was also the occasion to confirm the soundness and good progress of bilateral relations, and to exchange points of view on several global issues, such as Brexit, China, Russia, and Cuba, as well as the NATO ministerial meeting held two days later, which both would attend. Minister Borrell also expressed to State Secretary Pompeo his impressions on the political situation in Spain and Europe before the next electoral process.
 
During the Minister’s meeting on April 2 with Representative Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Senators Jim Risch and Bob Menendez, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, respectively, and on April 3 with United States National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton, they addressed several issues of common interest, including Venezuela, the situation in Europe and Brexit, China, Russia, and North Africa. They confirmed the good state of Spain-U.S. bilateral relations and Minster Borrell also conveyed to them his concerns about the possible application of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act in Cuba.
 
On April 3, he also visited the Embassy to meet and speak with the staff and to hold a press conference with the Spanish media.
 
Meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers

 
On April 4, Minister Borrell participated in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Foreign Ministers Meeting, which also marked the 70th anniversary of the Organization and saw analysis of the main security and defense issues on the international agenda.

Over three working sessions, the allied Ministers discussed relations with Russia, the fight against terrorism and strategic security. They also held a working lunch to discuss transatlantic relations and burden sharing.

Firstly, at the meeting on Russia, the Ministers analyzed the different possibilities after the report to the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, cyber-defense risks and hybrid warfare. They also addressed the situation in the Black Sea region and agreed on additional support measures for Georgia and Ukraine, which are also member countries.

At the second working session, focusing on the fight against terrorism and the development of strategic security, the Ministers addressed the possible ways in which NATO might contribute to the fight against terrorism. They analyzed the situation in Afghanistan and expressed their will to work together with the Afghan authorities. During this session they also addressed other strategic issues, such as the increasing importance of China in the international community.
 
Finally, during the third session, the allied Ministers underlined the importance of the transatlantic link and assessed burden sharing as a follow-up to the meetings held by the Foreign Ministers in December 2018 and by Ministers of Defense last February.     
 
In this Ministerial Meeting, a
declaration emphasizing the achievements of the Alliance on its 70th anniversary was approved and the unity of the member countries in tackling future challenges was evidenced.
 
Since joining NATO, Spain has been one of the Member States most committed to allied solidarity, undertaking significant efforts to ensure that the NATO is capable of responding to all the challenges that threaten the security of its citizens. Our participation in NATO operations is valued by our partners.
 
Spain, in its dual role as a member of the Alliance and a member of the European Union, has demonstrated its commitment to the security of Europe in order to tackle the threats and challenges it faces and to strengthen transatlantic solidarity and links.
 

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