Saudi Arabia and Spain want to boost relations to a ‘strategic partnership,’ says Spanish FM Jose Manuel Albares


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 international affairs, European Union, and cooperation, stated Spain’s collaborations with the Saudi authorities had already proven that the 2 work “very effectively” collectively.

“(Now) we’ve got 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 will probably be revealed and broadcast on Sunday.

“We noticed there are nonetheless loads of alternatives to work collectively, and there are fields that transcend the financial system, for example, alternate in schooling, establishments that may come (to Saudi Arabia), alternate of scholars, tradition, language, there are lots of points, and plenty of fields.”

Albares added: “After I suppose that whenever you see the cooperation of enterprises of Spain, resembling Navantia or Airbus, it’s a European consortium, however with a really sturdy Spanish curiosity in it, they’ve been of mutual profit for each.

“So, I feel we should proceed on these points. There isn’t any moot level between us.”

Of explicit curiosity for Albares is strengthening ties in renewable power improvement, with Albares noting the depth of information Spain has within the subject.


Albares was chatting with Katie Jensen, host of the Arab Information’ current-affairs present “Frankly Talking.” (AN Picture)

He stated that whereas there may be “nonetheless loads of room to enhance what’s already a superb relationship,” he has held optimistic discussions referring to inexperienced hydrogen, in addition to solar- and wind-power improvement.

Requested of the challenges going through any “strategic partnership,” Albares stated the “widespread 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 nations. There’s a convention of diplomacy between Spain and the completely different Arab nations. And there may be this widespread previous and customary historical past. So sure, I feel it’s time to resume,” he stated.

“The Arab world is altering drastically. There are unbelievable issues occurring 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 modifications which are occurring 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 stated discussions had inevitably been drawn to the battle in Gaza and the necessity for collaboration.

“(We mentioned) how we will work collectively for a everlasting ceasefire, launch of hostages, and the doorway of humanitarian assist for the Palestinian state,” he stated.

The total episode of Frankly Talking will probably be launched on Sunday.