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Minister Albares proposes holding an International Peace Conference

José Manuel Albares participated in the Foreign Affairs (FAC) and General Affairs (GAC) Councils in Luxembourg, and appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament in Brussels. 

October 24, 2023
At the FAC in Luxembourg, the acting Minister proposed, to his European counterparts, holding an international peace conference once the violence between Israel and Hamas has ceased, with a view to resolving this conflict once and for all based on a two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security. José Manuel Albares conveyed to his EU counterparts the need for a meeting in which 'all parties are present' and which would be added to the Union for the Mediterranean Forum in November in Barcelona.

The Minister also called for the European Union to lift its sanctions on Venezuela, as the United States has done, in view of the progress in negotiations between the Government of Nicolás Maduro and the opposition. 

At the GAC meeting, José Manuel Albares explained Spain's proposal for Catalan, Basque and Galician to become part of EU linguistic regime; a proposal, in the Minister's words, “adapted to the feedback that my European colleagues gave me at the meeting on the 19th and which I have been discussing with them over the last few weeks”. 

Lastly, the head of Spanish diplomacy reported to the Foreign Committee of the European Parliament on the results of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union at its halfway point, highlighting the aspiration of an enlarged Union that makes us stronger, more prosperous, more secure, both for current and future Member States. Likewise, José Manuel Albares addressed the situation in the Middle East and asked that Europe be "more than ever faithful to its principles" in supporting the fight against terrorism, defending international humanitarian law and waving "the flag of peace". Regarding the war in Ukraine, he considered it "crucial" to continue supporting Kyiv and demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the entire territory of Ukraine.