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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation Chairs the Meeting of Accredited Spanish Ambassadors in Africa
07/03/2019

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, today chaired a meeting of the 29 Spanish Ambassadors accredited in Africa, held in the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Abeba. This meeting was also attended by the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela, six general directors of the Ministry and two Ambassadors-at-Large regarding African issues.

The meeting was opened by the Vice-President of the African Union, Kwesi Quartey, who thanked the attendees for this initiative and offered the Union’s collaboration to strengthen its bonds with Spain.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the implementation of the recently approved Africa Plan, and, at the same time, to highlight the importance given by this Government to this strategy, which makes the African continent a new priority focus of Spanish foreign policy. 

The Third Africa Plan assigns Spanish Embassies in Africa a fundamental role in its execution and monitoring. With the purpose of capitalising the important diplomatic deployment of Spain in Africa, it was suggested to hold a meeting with all Spanish Ambassadors in the African continent in order to start work on Plan implementation, considering each of its four goals. Peace and Security, Economic Growth, Employment and Development, Institutional Strengthening and Orderly Mobility.

This Plan shall be monitored from Madrid through the Inter-ministerial Committee on Africa and the Panel on Africa, on which the civil society, including the corporate sector, shall be represented.

 

 

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