PRESS RELEASE 162
Minister José Manuel Albares receives the High Representative Josep Borrell to coordinate Spanish and EU foreign affairs agendas
22/07/2021
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, met with the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, in Madrid to review the main international dossiers and coordinate Spanish and European foreign affairs policy initiatives.

Spain and the EU agree on the need to strengthen ties with two strategic regions for Spanish foreign affairs policy: the southern shores of the Mediterranean and Ibero-America. In terms of the Southern Neighbourhood, the EU High Representative and Spanish Minister discussed the opportunity afforded by the EU’s New Agenda for the Mediterranean and the sizable Economic and Investments Plan that accompanies it, to encourage development in the region. As for Latin America, a region hit particularly hard by the pandemic and its socio-economic consequences, the Government of Spain shares the same impression as the EU High Representative insofar that efforts should be redoubled, not only to strengthen political and economic relations but also to increase connectivity in areas such as transport, energy and telecommunications. In this regard, Spain believes it is especially important to make progress on approving the trade agreements with Mexico, Chile and MERCOSUR in particular. 

During the course of their meeting, the two men stressed that the firm commitment to multilateralism from US President Biden, which was confirmed at the EU-US Summit in June, opens up a window of opportunity for trying to resolve existing trade disputes and making progress on the promotion of shared values.

Finally, the Spanish Minister expressed the Government of Spain’s commitment to maintaining the unity of Member States on issues such as Russia and China, for which close coordination with Brussels and the various national capitals should be encouraged.


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