The King and Queen of Spain, during their visit to the Parliament in Wellington, within the framework of their State visit to New Zealand in June 2009. PHOTO EFE.

The Pacific

​Spanish seafarers were the first Europeans to cross the Pacific in the 16th and 17th Centuries. Some of the current States of Micronesia, such as the Marshall Islands and Palau, formed part of the Spanish Crown. After a long period of absence, Spain has returned to the region and is once again looking towards the South Pacific, maintaining diplomatic relations with all the States in the region.

​Spain has relations with the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu and Vanuatu through its embassy in Canberra; with Fiji, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati through its embassy in Wellington, and with the Marshall Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia through its embassy in Manila. The Cook Islands and Niue have a Free Association with New Zealand, which is responsible for their foreign affairs.

Since 2011, Spain has developed an active policy in the Pacific. Major milestones that reflect this interest include our presence at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) summits where, since 2014, we have held the status of Post-Forum Dialogue Partner. Also noteworthy is the growing development of cooperation actions in the Pacific, acknowledged by the island States of the Pacific in 2012, when Spain was granted the status of Development Partner. In 2015, Spain sent a Chargé d’Affaires to Suva, to strengthen its relations with both Fiji and the General Secretariat of the PIF. At present, Spain is deploying a network of Honorary Consulates in the region.

In the last six years, Spain has granted aid to the organisation of PIF Summits, and has been involved in same with the presence of the State Secretary of Foreign Affairs. The last PIF Summit took place in Samoa in September 2017. Nauru will host the following one in September 2018.

 

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