6th meeting of the Paraguay-Spain Political Consultations Mechanism
The 6th meeting of the Paraguay-Spain Political Consultations Mechanism was held by video-conference between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Paraguay and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain. The Paraguayan delegation was headed up by the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Dos Santos, and the Spanish delegation by the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach Figueras.

The two delegations reviewed the bilateral agenda and observed the strength of all vectors of our relations. In this regard, they expressed their interest in maintaining the high level of bilateral relations and, within this framework, stressed the importance of a State visit by President Mario Abdo Benítez to Spain as soon as is convenient. The two delegations pointed to this visit as an ideal opportunity to reaffirm the will of the two nations to maintain a strategic alliance based on shared values.

In terms of the main issues on the agenda, it was agreed to hold the 7th meeting of the Joint Committee on Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation by video-conference, and to sign the Country Association Framework 2020-2023 during the course of this quarter. The cooperation provided for this period has an estimated financial provision of some 142 million euros. Furthermore, the response capacity of Spanish Cooperation to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis was underlined, in close coordination with the Paraguayan authorities.

Similarly, reference was made to economic trade and investment ties, highlighting the promotion of a scope of dialogue and exchange of ideas to boost contacts so as to identify potential areas, including the negotiation of agreements already under way.

In terms of multilateral collaboration, they highlighted the close collaboration on multilateral bodies and referred to the progress made on the upcoming implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Joint Participation of Military Personnel and Units on Peacekeeping Operations.

The two delegations reaffirmed their interest in shortly signing the MERCOSUR-European Union Association Agreement as an instrument with political importance that will contribute to stepping up economic relations and trade exchanges between Paraguay and Spain.

Lastly, the participants revised the main points on the international agenda, and the challenges arising in both regions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to reactivate the economy.







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