US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya yesterday Friday, visiting Costa Rica where she is in the company of Spanish head of government Pedro Sanchez, reports the department of spokesman Ned Price.
Literally translated, the statement attributable to spokesperson Ned Price states: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken today met with Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya to reaffirm the strong alliance, friendship and transatlantic relationship between the United States and Spain. Secretary Blinken underscored the United States’ commitment to regular, safe, orderly and humane migration (without going into more detail on the matter). The secretary also reiterated the US support for NATO, including an increase in common funding, and underlined our commitment to work with the EU and other partners to address common challenges, especially in the Middle East. Orient, Venezuela and Nicaragua “.
The other story is Spanish and it is stated, according to diplomatic sources reported by the Spanish media, that “ Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya, visiting Costa Rica, held a virtual conference this Friday with Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in preparation for the meeting that the head of government, Pedro Sanchez, and US President Joe Biden will hold Monday on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Brussels“. And to continue ” both, during the interview, which took place in an atmosphere of “cordiality and harmony, agreed on their” ambitious vision “on the future of the Atlantic Alliance, which reflected in the NATO 2030 document, to be approved at the summit, and addressed the stability of the Mediterranean and the situation in the Middle East. On this conflict, they stressed the need to “work together” in consolidating the ceasefire and the search for a long-term solution based on that of two states..
We will pass you on the details of Latin America (Venezuela and Nicaragua…) and we will stick to the subject of immigration which according to the department of Laya, “ is not only a matter of major concern for Spain, especially after the attack on the “Ceuta on May 17th” border, but also for the Biden administration, which sees how the migrant caravans cross America central with the dream of reaching the border between Mexico and the United States, which Trump wanted to close with a wall », We continue.
In reality, the call was aimed precisely at preparing for the first meeting in Brussels on Monday between the two presidents, taking advantage of their presence at the NATO summit. Neither Biden nor Sanchez have yet spoken to each other since the US election on November 3 and the arrival at the White House on January 20 of Donald Trump’s successor.
On the issue of migration, Blinken and Gonzalez Laya expressed on Twitter “great harmony” in their commitment to promote orderly, safe and regular migration. Blinken himself said he was “delighted” to have spoken with the Spanish minister to “reaffirm the positive and multifaceted relationship” between the two countries. “I look forward to continuing the close cooperation with Spain,” he added.
However, neither the State Department nor the Spanish Foreign Ministry has indicated whether the issues discussed include the crisis between Spain and Morocco, the real starting point of which is, not Ghaligate, but the recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara granted by the Donald Trump administration last December, a decision that Joe Biden has not reversed since coming to power.
And in this regard, local media believe they know that in the midst of the crisis between the two kingdoms of Morocco and Spain and in parallel to its escalation, a secret diplomacy exists with which the department of Laya is satisfied with the progress made. If tangible results have not yet been achieved, it was whispered, however, that Gonzalez Laya and Nasser Bourita had regular contacts to try to break the deadlock and ” return to a situation of normality “. Plausible! in view, according to these same sources which rely on EFE, of Pedro Sanchez’s statement on June 11 from Costa Rica and on the sidelines of a joint press conference with President Carlos Alavardo. Indeed, Sanchez called there ” Morocco to overcome the diplomatic crisis and resume dialogue and cooperation ”. Sanchez further considered that it was now appropriate “to look to the future “Adding,” There are many more things that unite us than those that separate us “. Perhaps, but it is still necessary to define and above all respect those which are essential for the two kingdoms.