Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation holds bilateral meetings on sidelines of United Nations ministerial week

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation holds bilateral meetings on sidelines of United Nations ministerial week

​On the sidelines of the United Nations ministerial week taking place in New York, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation held several bilateral meetings on Monday, 18 September with his counterparts from Morocco, Nasser Bourita, from the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas, and with the Under-Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov.


Firstly, Minister Dastis held a meeting with his Moroccan counterpart, Nasser Bourita, which once again made clear the excellent state of relations with a priority and strategic partner for Spain.

The two ministers reviewed bilateral relations, with particular emphasis on the frequency of high-level exchange visits, the upward trend of trade relations and the benchmark cooperation on security and migration affairs. The meeting also allowed for a fruitful exchange of opinions on regional and international issues of common interest, such as stability in the Mediterranean and relations between Morocco and the European Union.

Subsequently, Minister Dastis met with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Dominican Republic, Miguel Vargas, to whom he reiterated, firstly, the solidarity of our country with those people affected by Hurricane Irma.

During the course of their friendly meeting, the two ministers addressed various issues on the bilateral, regional and multilateral agenda. Minister Dastis conveyed to his Dominican counterpart his best wishes for every success in the upcoming Rotating Presidency of the Central American Integration System (Spanish acronym: SICA) during the first half of 2018. The minister also ratified Spain’s support for the candidature of the Dominican Republic as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the period 2019-2020. They also reviewed the state of economic and trade relations and the development cooperation projects on which Spain is working with the Dominican Republic as well as the possibilities of triangular cooperation.

Minister Dastis also held a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Guyana, Carl Greenidge. The two ministers observed the new boost to relations between Spain and the English-speaking Caribbean countries following the trip to the region by the State Secretary for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean in July. During the meeting, they addressed several aspects of bilateral relations and expressed their satisfaction at the signing of the agreement to eliminate visa requirements for diplomatic passports and at the identification of new lines of potential cooperation in such areas of mutual interest as eco-tourism and agricultural training, renewable energies and the spread of the Spanish language, extending political cooperation between the two countries, and Spain’s interest in stepping up economic cooperation with this country.

Minister Dastis also held a meeting with the Under-Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov. During the meeting, Minister Dastis conveyed a clear message of support for the work of the new Under-Secretary-General and stressed Spain’s leading role in backing the reform of the counter-terrorism architecture of the United Nations. He also reiterated the importance that Spain assigns to the correct treatment to be afforded to victims of terrorism and the need to prevent violent extremism.

The Under-Secretary-General thanked the minister for such firm support during this initial phase of his mandate and expressed his conviction that Spain has valuable experience to share in the fight against terrorism and the treatment of victims. According to Vladimir Voronkov, this experience should be spread among the Member States of the United Nations, in the same way as other initiatives such as the Alliance of Civilisations, which may prove very useful in preventing violent extremism.






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