PRESS RELEASE 061
Meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation with the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean
26/06/2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, today welcomed Ambassador Nasser Kamel as the new Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), whose headquarters are in Barcelona.
 
In his first meeting with the Spanish authorities after taking office on 15 June, the Secretary General outlined the situation of the UfM and the objectives it intends to pursue in order to strengthen regional dialogue and cooperation in specific regional integration projects that contribute to the promotion of stability and human development in the Mediterranean region.
 
The Secretary General also held a working lunch with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela.
 
The Minister expressed Spain's firm commitment to supporting the work of the UfM, the organisation that continued the Barcelona Process that Spain initiated and led since 1995, in view of the challenges faced by the Mediterranean countries and the desire to contribute to strengthening the Euro-Mediterranean centrality of the city of Barcelona.
 
The Union for the Mediterranean celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018 and is an intergovernmental organisation, made up of the 28 EU Member States and 15 other countries bordering the Mediterranean, which seeks to promote regional dialogue and cooperation on specific projects in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
 
Ambassador Nasser Kamel has Egyptian nationality and has previously been Ambassador of Egypt to France and the United Kingdom. The UfM Secretariat is based at Pedralbes Palace and has 6 Deputy Secretaries General, one of whom is Spanish, and another 60 officials.

 

 

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