PRESS RELEASE 187
Spain and Romania commemorate 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations
30/09/2021

​The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, met today with his Romanian counterpart, Bogdan Aurescu, at Santa Cruz Palace to commemorate the 140th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

During their meeting, the two ministers presented a book on the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries and discussed the main questions on the bilateral agenda, including their interest in holding the first bilateral summit before the end of this year.

They also had the chance to review such European issues as the future Spanish Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Pact on Migration and Asylum and the upcoming Europe-Southern Neighbourhood Ministerial Meeting, which will be held in Barcelona.

Minister Albares reiterated Spain’s support for Romania in its adhesion to the Schengen Area after “comfortably complying with the technical requirements for membership”, and Spain’s position in favour of Romania joining the OECD.

The ministers addressed such questions on the international agenda as the situation in Afghanistan and the future revision of the Strategic Concept of NATO, which must be approved at the upcoming summit to be held in Madrid in 2022.

José Manuel Albares also congratulated his Romanian counterpart on the exhibition organised at the National Archaeology Museum, “the largest ever organised abroad”, a matter he took advantage of to call for “us to make culture, which is so important for our respective societies, a platform to step up ties between our two countries and bring us even closer together”.

 

 

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