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José Manuel Albares discusses priorities on European agenda with German counterpart

During their first telephone conversation, Ministers José Manuel Albares and Heiko Maas also spoke about the COVID response and relations with Ibero-America, as well as possible ways to improve permanent communication channels in their bilateral relations.

09/08/2021
The Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, spoke by telephone earlier today with the German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Heiko Maas. The two ministers discussed the priorities on the European agenda, among other things, while speaking for the first time. 

José Manuel Albares stressed to his German counterpart the importance of the partnership between Spain and Germany for promoting the main priorities of the European Union, particularly Germany’s status as an essential partner of Spain. 

In this regard, he highlighted the key role of their two governments for promoting the European reconstruction plan, the vaccination campaign and coordinating the adoption of restrictive measures on mobility by Member States. Regarding this last issue, José Manuel Albares expressed the need to work towards a gradual lifting of restrictions as the vaccination campaigns move forward.

The two ministers also spoke about the specific measures that Spain and Germany have implemented in order to guarantee a culture of permanent communication, such as the regular contacts at a director-general level and the diplomat exchange programmes. They also agreed to explore new ways to strengthen relations. 

To that end, José Manuel Albares expressed interest in the possibility of further strengthening this cooperation in the field of EU external and trade relations, especially with regard to the Southern Neighbourhood and Latin America. Spain is committed in Latin America to strengthening trade relations with such partners as MERCOSUR, Chile and Mexico. 

On the matter of the European agenda, the Spanish Minister for Foreign Affairs expressed an interest in Germany’s priorities for the Rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which Spain will take on in the second half of 2023. 

Finally, the Spain-Germany Forum (postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) was another of the topics discussed during this first telephone call between the two diplomats. 

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