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Minister for Foreign Affairs bestows Isabel La Católica award on her Uruguayan counterpart
04/08/2020

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, bestowed the Isabel la Católica award on the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uruguay, Francisco Bustillo at Viana Palace.

The award, approved by the Council of Ministers, is the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabel la Católica, which is bestowed in recognition of the work of Minister Bustillo who, since the year 2012, has been the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain, a post he has been in for more than a decade, contributing to improving and stepping up relations between Spain and Uruguay.

The current Regulation, in force since 1998, establishes that the aim is to “award extraordinary conduct of a civil nature by Spaniards and foreigners to the benefit of the Nation or which significantly contribute to foster relations of friendship and cooperation between the Spanish Nation and the rest of the international community”.

Following the award ceremony, Minister González Laya and her counterpart, Francisco Bustillo, held a meeting at which they had the chance to address current affairs that affect the region, such as the spread of COVID-19 in Latin America, the Rotating Presidency of MERCOSUR and the European Union-MERCOSUR agreement, the situation in Venezuela and the excellent collaboration between the two countries during the repatriation work and support during the pandemic. Lastly, the two ministers expressed their interest in resuming the bilateral agenda when circumstances so permit.

 

 

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