PRESS RELEASE 046
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation attends the NATO Ministerial Meeting
27/04/2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Alfonso Dastis, has attended today in Brussels the meeting of NATO foreign ministers with, aimed at preparing the Summit of Heads of State and Government that will be held in Brussels on 11 and 12 July. Among the topics discussed, particularly noteworthy was the analysis of the situation in Russia, Afghanistan, the stability of the Southern Flank and the enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

The Spanish minister has been committed to preserving a strategy with Russia that combines dialogue, defence and deterrence. Thus, he reminded the Spanish engagement in the advanced reinforced presence in the East, in the Baltic air mission and stressed the necessity to strengthen dialogue. The lines of communication and dialogue with Russia must be kept opened.

For Spain, it is a matter of priority for the NATO to reinforce its Southern Flank, as it is vital for the Atlantic security. Challenges and threats originating from this region are constantly increasing.

With respect to Afghanistan, the minister voiced its support to the Afghan national unity government and to the offer of peace talks made by President Ashraf Ghani. Likewise, he welcomed the 'Resolute Support' mission, aimed at the development of the Afghan security forces.

Finally, Alfonso Dastis announced Spain's willingness to the enlargement for the inclusion of new members. In order for this enlargement to be functional, it must be performed pursuant to the technical conditions stipulated in previous cases.
 
Within the framework of the ministerial meeting, Minister Dastis met his counterparts from Germany, Heiko Maas, and Albania, Ditmir Bushati. Dastis and the German minister specially discussed matters relating to the Brexit and the future of the EU. With respect to the Albanian minister, the Balkans and the relationship between Albania and the EU centred the meeting.

 

 

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