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José Manuel Albares visits Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation has completed a tour of three key Gulf countries, with the aim of promoting solutions to the Middle East crisis, as well as a prominent economic and business agenda.

February 8, 2024

​In the three nations, Albares discussed with his counterparts the next steps to be taken as part of the Euro-Arab cooperation to advance the effective establishment of the Palestinian State. At the various meetings, he noted the firm will of all the countries to strengthen, intensify and promote the whole machinery to turn peace in the region from a wish into a reality. The tour also confirmed the excellent state of bilateral relations and the desire and enormous potential for their further development.

On the first stop of the trip in Doha, Minister Albares held a meeting with representatives of Spanish companies in Qatar and was received in audience by Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.​​ Afterwards, he met with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister to discuss bilateral relations and the situation in the Middle East. Both agreed on the need to join forces to achieve peace in the region. During his stay in the Qatari capital, Albares also met with representatives of the Qatari Businesswomen Association, the president of the Human Rights Committee and the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council. At this meeting, they discussed relations with Spain and the European Union, and the situation in Gaza. Finally, Spanish-Qatari cooperation in the promotion of Spanish culture and language was discussed during a meeting between Minister Albares and Spanish language students and teachers in the country.

The second stage of the tour, in Riyadh, began with a meeting between Minister Albares and representatives of Saudi civil society, to whom he conveyed Spain's desire to continue strengthening cultural and economic ties. In subsequent meetings with his Saudi counterpart and the Minister of Economy, the situation in the region was also discussed, as well as the common desire to further advance the growing bilateral economic agenda. 

The last leg of Minister Albares' busy tour of the Persian Gulf countries took him to Abu Dhabi. In the United Arab Emirates capital, the head of Spanish diplomacy met with his counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed. In addition to bilateral relations, including economic, cultural and educational ties, they discussed the situation in the Middle East. The Minister also completed a busy economic agenda with a visit to the headquarters of the company Mubadala and various meetings with representatives of Spanish companies based in the United Arab Emirates. Before ending his stay in Abu Dhabi, Albares visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

Photos: Javier Hernández (NOLSOM) ​