PRESS RELEASE 033
Policy and global security at heart of political consultations between Spain and Czech Republic Neighbourhood
23/02/2021

The State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Cristina Gallach, and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Security and Multilateral Issues of the Czech Republic, Martin Povejšil, have held political consultations today, at which they addressed global security and international current affairs.

This political dialogue has taken place the day after the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council on 22 February, and hence the State secretary and the deputy minister addressed issues of great interest for the two countries, such as the Neighbourhood Policy, the EU autonomy strategy and relations with Russia.

As members of the European Union, Spain and the Czech Republic share common interests under the Neighbourhood Policy, the southern aspect of which has just been boosted thanks to the European Commission Communication last week. Both countries agreed on the importance of stepping up relations with our near neighbours.

Both parties share an interest in the Sahel, a region in which Spain is heavily involved. Minister Arancha González Laya, has headed up the Sahel Alliance, which undertakes to strengthen a State presence in fragile zones and establish integrated territorial support, facilitate basic services for the population and promote development. Furthermore, the minister attended this year’s G5 Sahel Summit in N’Djamena, which coincided with the General Assembly of the Sahel Alliance.

Lastly, they addressed other international affairs of great importance, such as trans-Atlantic relations with the new Biden Administration, the future of NATO and the main foreign policy challenges facing the EU.


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