PRESS RELEASE 113
Minister González Laya thanks Secretary General Stoltenberg for NATO’s role in combating pandemic
16/07/2020

The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation met earlier today with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, who attended the State tribute held this morning at the Royal Palace in Madrid to mourn the coronavirus victims.

The Spanish minister thanked the NATO Secretary General for attending the event, once again demonstrating the Allies’ solidarity with Spain, and for NATO’s role in the fight against this pandemic.

Their conversation focused on the current situation of the organisation at a time when it faces numerous challenges, ranging from complex relations with Russia in the east to Mediterranean instability in the south and including the need to strengthen trans-Atlantic relations.

The ministers expressed “Spain’s willingness to work in favour of that unity under the conviction that the multilateral resolution of issues with an impact on the security of all Allies is essential for strengthening mutual trust and ensuring the spread of stability and security throughout the Euro-Atlantic region”.

She also reiterated Spain’s support to the NATO Secretary General for the Reflection Group on strengthening NATO’s political dimension, which Spain believes is an important exercise to which ideas should be contributed, while searching for synergies with the EU in terms of security and defence.

 

 

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