DUBAI: Spain’s high 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 effectively” collectively.
“(Now) we’ve to lift 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 shall be printed and broadcast on Sunday.
“We noticed there are nonetheless loads of alternatives to work collectively, and there are fields that transcend the economic system, for example, change in training, establishments that may come (to Saudi Arabia), change of scholars, tradition, language, there are a lot of points, and plenty of fields.”
Albares added: “Once I suppose that if you see the cooperation of enterprises of Spain, resembling 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 believe we should proceed on these points. There is no such thing as a moot level between us.”
Of specific curiosity for Albares is strengthening ties in renewable power growth, with Albares noting the depth of data Spain has within the subject.
He mentioned that whereas there’s “nonetheless loads of room to enhance what’s already a wonderful relationship,” he has held optimistic discussions regarding inexperienced hydrogen, in addition to solar- and wind-power growth.
Requested of the challenges going through any “strategic partnership,” Albares mentioned 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 international locations. There’s a convention of diplomacy between Spain and the completely different Arab international locations. And there’s this widespread previous and customary historical past. So sure, I believe it’s time to resume,” he mentioned.
“The Arab world is altering vastly. There are implausible issues occurring within the Arab world and Spain desires 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 occurring in Saudi Arabia. And we need 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 assist for the Palestinian state,” he mentioned.
The total episode of Frankly Talking shall be launched on Sunday.