Secretary Blinken met Spanish Foreign Minister

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (left) and Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares (right).

Paris, 7 October 2021 (TDI): US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares on Wednesday. The meeting convened in Paris, where the officials exchanged views on the relocation efforts in Afghanistan and discussed ways to enhance the US-Spanish bilateral cooperation in various fields.

During the meeting, Secretary Blinken expressed gratitude towards José Manuel Albares for Spain’s continuous support in safely evacuating the vulnerable individuals from Kabul. The two leaders emphasized strengthening bilateral cooperation between Spain and the United States in Latin America, besides discussing various regional and global issues. They also committed to providing more humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan and supporting the Venezuelan people to restore democracy in their state.

The United States of America formally established diplomatic relations with Spain in 1783. The two states enjoy a cordial relationship based on shared democratic values and promulgation of human rights. In addition to the US-Spanish cooperation in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), their security relations are also regulated by the Agreement on Defense Cooperation (ADC).

Furthermore, the two countries have also signed a cultural and educational cooperation agreement, given which the US Embassy conducts professional, cultural, and educational exchange programs in Spain.