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The Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation met today in Washington with the Secretary of State Antony Blinken

The meeting was an opportunity to confirm the excellent condition of bilateral relations between the two countries and the active role that Spain plays in the main challenges facing the international community. The situation in Ukraine and Gaza, along with other issues, were the focus of the conversation.
May 10, 2024
Minister Albares and Secretary of State Blinken were able to address matters where both administrations share approaches and values, such as the defence of the rights of LGTBIQ people in the world, the defence of multilateralism and the fight against disinformation. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between the two ministers on this matter. 

Addressing global and regional matters, the two ministers joined in condemning Russia's illegal and unjustified invasion of Ukraine, explored mechanisms to make the assistance that both countries are providing and will continue to provide to Ukraine as effective as possible and worked on preparing the upcoming NATO Summit to be held in Washington in July. 

With regard to the situation in Gaza, Minister Albares and Secretary Blinken once again called for an immediate ceasefire and the immediate release of Israeli hostages, while Minister Albares pleaded for the recognition of the Palestinian State as the best way to render the two-State solution viable and to guarantee Israel's security. 

Both ministers agreed on the need to keep working towards the stabilitisation of Haiti and in the Sahel. 

As part of the review of the bilateral agenda, both political and economic, Minister Albares gave an update on the situation of the plan for removing the radioactive waste from Palomares.