An elderly woman votes in the Tunisian elections of October 2011, the first since the beginning of the Arab Spring.
The Maghreb and the Near East
As part of its centuries-old tradition of acting as a bridge between cultures and civilisations, Spain has been very active in the Maghreb and the Near East in terms of foreign policy.
01/01/2013

The region, which represents one of the pillars of Spain's action abroad, is undergoing profound changes; one of the priorities of Spain's foreign action is to foster stability and progress in this part of the world, whilst resolving ongoing conflicts.

  • Spain and the Maghreb
    The Maghreb, a region of North Africa comprising Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, has long been a priority of Spanish foreign policy. Factors such as geographical proximity, historical links and substantial human, economic and cultural exchanges have favoured and driven relations with Spain's southern neighbours.
  • Spain and the Near East
    Spain's relations with countries in the Near East are characterised by good neighbourliness and cooperation and in recent years these ties have been strengthened by trade agreements that have made it possible for Spanish goods and technology to be exported to build new infrastructure in several nations, especially the Gulf States.
  • Political Transitions in the Arab World
    The whirlwind of events since the very beginnings of the movement that commenced in late December 2010, when terms such as ‘Jasmine Revolution’ or ‘Arab Spring’ were coined and fell into widespread use, has brought to light the extreme complexity of this phenomenon and how, in terms of their reactions, the different countries of the region have gone down very diverse paths.

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  • 19 Sep @SpainMFA * Today the Ambassador of #NorthKorea #DPRK in Spain has been declared persona non grata.
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  • 18 Sep @SpainMFA * #Kurdistan : Concerned by the decision adopted by the Regional Government to organise a referendum on independence https://t.co/57We6yBhUr
  • 15 Sep @SpainMFA * Condemnation of the missile launch by #NorthKorea #DPRK over Japan. A new and serious threat to peace and security in the region.

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