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Minister González Laya underlines the importance of the Mediterranean and the Arab world for Spain to ambassadors
10/03/2020

The head of Spanish diplomacy outlined her vision of Spanish foreign affairs policy regarding the Mediterranean and the Arab world to the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Madrid.

 

At a working lunch with the official representatives from Arab countries, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, stressed that the future of the Mediterranean, and its southern shores in particular, has a direct impact on the security and stability of Spain and the EU. She said that Spain will continue to promote the opportunities that exist in the region and contribute to democratic progress and the strengthening of institutions. The Spanish minister also said that Spain will work to find a political solution to old and new conflicts, as well as to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism. 


For Spain, its relationship with the southern shores of the Mediterranean is particularly important, including such key challenges as integration (the minister specifically mentioned the 25th anniversary of the conference launched by the Barcelona Process) and the promotion of economic - including investment - and trade relations with the Arab world. She went on to stress that economic diplomacy will be one of the main cornerstones for her ministerial department. In this regard, she said that Spanish companies are leaders in strategic sectors and should spearhead this new diplomacy. 


When asked about the Middle East peace process, the Spanish minister highlighted the urgent nature of an agreement being directly negotiated by Palestinians and Israelis that considers their respective aspirations with support from the international community. “Spain is ready to continue working on a resolution to the conflict under our commitment to the two-State solution, United Nations resolutions and internationally accepted legal parameters”, said Minister González Laya.


Finally, Arancha González Laya spoke about immigration. “It is a structural phenomenon that requires global and integrated management to include a response to both illegal and legal migrant flows. Spain has achieved excellent results thanks to its pro-active collaboration with Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria”, she said. 

 


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