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Spain and Costa Rica hold political consultations on 170th anniversary of their diplomatic relations
13/10/2020

A meeting on political consultations between Spain and Costa Rica has been held today. The meeting, carried out by video-conference, was chaired, on the part of Costa Rica, by the Deputy Minister for Bilateral Affairs and International Cooperation, Adriana Bolaños Argueta, and the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach, on the part of Spain.

The meeting also included the participation of the Costa Rican Ambassador to Spain, Ana Helena Chacón, and the Spanish Ambassador to Costa Rica, Cristina Pérez Gutiérrez, as well as public servants from the respective foreign affairs ministries in charge of bilateral relations at a political and cooperation level.

The Deputy Minister and the State Secretary, on the 170th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations, reaffirmed the strategic nature of relations between Costa Rica and Spain, as well as their common interest in continuing to strengthen them at all levels.

At a bilateral level, they addressed the main current affairs issues in each country, political priorities and the COVID-19 crisis, as well as new investment and trade exchange possibilities opening up between the two countries. They agreed to institutionalise bilateral dialogue by signing a Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the bilateral mechanisms for consultations and cooperation in all areas. They also addressed the holding of the meeting of the 12th Joint Committee next year.

 

Both parties stressed the importance of acting with solidarity and at a multilateral level in response to the pandemic caused by COVID-19 and expressed their deepest sympathies over the lives lost to COVID-19 and all their solidarity with the people of Costa Rica and Spain. In this context, Costa Rica thanked Spain for the support offered in containing the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, mainly through the donation of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers on the front line.

The participants also welcomed the successful start to the fourth phase of the triangular cooperation programme for Latin America and the Caribbean, in which Costa Rica is participating in an outstanding fashion in its goal of consolidating its position as an offeror country of technical cooperation on different matters, as well as a recipient of technical cooperation from other countries where the scope of action is in line with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

They exchanged points of view on regional issues of common interest, with a particular focus on the Central American Integration System (Spanish acronym: SICA), particularly since Costa Rica holds the Rotating Presidency of the SICA in the first half of 2021, the year of its 30th anniversary and which, furthermore, commemorates the bicentenary of the independence of Central American countries. Similarly to other friendly nations, Spain has been invited to take part in the commemorative events that the country is sharing with its people.

At a global level, Costa Rica underlined its initiatives with the United Nations – the Fund to Alleviate COVID-19 Economics (FACE) - and with the WHO, while Spain highlighted its “Call to Action for Strengthened Multilateralism”. Finally, they reviewed the aspects that require attention under the 2030 Agenda.

The State Secretary and the Deputy Minister underlined their commitment to the vision, the spirit and the development of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, a question on which both Spain and Costa Rica are partners and allies. Aware of the challenges facing countries in their social, health and economic reactivation, they reiterated their membership of this Agenda and of the SDGs as a potential channel to reduce the development gaps that were highlighted during the pandemic.

They also expressed their interest in strengthening the strategic alliance between the two countries on the environment, the protection of biodiversity and the fight against climate change. On this matter, they exchanged their views on the different plans that the two countries have pushed through to move towards cleaner and more sustainable energies, carbon neutrality and compliance with international commitments taken on, such as the Paris Agreement, among others.

As regards the High Ambition Coalition for Nature and People, Costa Rica thanked Spain for having joined the Coalition, jointly headed up by Costa Rica and France, which seeks to protect 30% of marine ecosystems and 30% of land ecosystems by the year 2030, within the Post-2020 Biological Diversity Strategic Framework.
 
The bilateral political consultations concluded with a review of the expectations of the upcoming 27th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, which will be held in Andorra on 21 and 22 April 2021, and agreed on paying special attention to the high-level dialogue system that the summits promote to ensure greater interaction and integration of the Ibero-American space.

 

 

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