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Spain and Denmark strengthen bilateral relations and confirm close harmony on main cornerstones of foreign affairs policy
24/03/2021
The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, received her Danish counterpart, Jeppe Kofod, earlier today, for whom she hosted a meeting and a working dinner at Viana Palace. The visit demonstrates a willingness from the two ministers to strengthen the good bilateral relations that exist between them by increasing the number of meetings and contacts both within the framework of the EU and on the multilateral stage. The issues they discussed included the post-COVID recovery, tourism and the European and international agendas.

Spain and Denmark maintain good relations as they are European partners and allies, while also sharing points of view on the main cornerstones of foreign affairs policy. This makes the two States strong partners on such issues as the defence of effective multilateralism in an international society with shared values and the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the course of the meeting, the ministers spoke about such bilateral issues as economic relations and defence. They also discussed the importance of tourism given that Spain has traditionally been the leading tourist destination for Danish citizens.

As regards the European agenda, Arancha González Laya and Jeppe Kofod agreed on the need to relaunch the relationship between the European Union and the Southern Neighbourhood within the framework of the Joint Communication from the High Representative on 9 February. They also agree on the strategic nature of the EU-Mercosur Agreement and support the signing of this document. The two ministers also spoke about the Conference on the Future of Europe and economic recovery as key factors for strengthening the EU and its Member States. 

As regards the international agenda, they exchanged points of view on the Eastern Mediterranean, the situation in the Gulf of Guinea, the multilateral agenda and the Sahel. Finally, they agreed to highlight the importance of sound trans-Atlantic relations based on common interests and shared values.

 

 

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