DUBAI: Spain’s prime diplomat has expressed his want to develop the nation’s already-strong ties with Saudi Arabia right into a strategic partnership, eyeing developments in renewable energies.
Jose Manuel Albares, minister of overseas affairs, European Union, and cooperation, mentioned Spain’s collaborations with the Saudi authorities had already proven that the 2 work “very properly” collectively.
“(Now) we now have to boost the extent of our present partnership right into a strategic partnership,” Albares advised Katie Jensen, host of the Arab Information’ current-affairs present “Frankly Talking.” The total interview can be revealed and broadcast on Sunday.
“We noticed there are nonetheless loads of alternatives to work collectively, and there are fields that transcend the economic system, as an illustration, change in training, establishments that may come (to Saudi Arabia), change of scholars, tradition, language, there are various points, and plenty of fields.”
Albares added: “Once I assume that once you see the cooperation of enterprises of Spain, comparable to Navantia or Airbus, it’s a European consortium, however with a really robust Spanish curiosity in it, they’ve been of mutual profit for each.
“So, I feel we should proceed on these points. There isn’t a moot level between us.”
Of explicit curiosity for Albares is strengthening ties in renewable vitality improvement, with Albares noting the depth of information Spain has within the subject.
He mentioned that whereas there may be “nonetheless loads of room to enhance what’s already a superb relationship,” he has held constructive discussions referring to inexperienced hydrogen, in addition to solar- and wind-power improvement.
Requested of the challenges going through any “strategic partnership,” Albares mentioned the “frequent previous and customary historical past” shared by Spain and the Arab Gulf states had set them in good stead.
“We’re a Mediterranean nation. We share that with many Arab international locations. There’s a practice of diplomacy between Spain and the totally different Arab international locations. And there may be this frequent previous and customary historical past. So sure, I feel it’s time to resume,” he mentioned.
“The Arab world is altering significantly. There are improbable issues taking place within the Arab world and Spain needs to be a part of that transformation. I met and talked to many ladies of the Saudi society, of the civil society. And I noticed the thriving adjustments which are happening in Saudi Arabia. And we wish to be a part of that (transformation).”
Talking throughout his diplomatic tour throughout the Gulf, visiting counterparts in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, Albares mentioned discussions had inevitably been drawn to the battle in Gaza and the necessity for collaboration.
“(We mentioned) how we are able to work collectively for a everlasting ceasefire, launch of hostages, and the doorway of humanitarian support for the Palestinian state,” he mentioned.
The total episode of Frankly Talking can be launched on Sunday.