Gesture of the US before the meeting between Biden and Sánchez: highlights the alliance with Spain and supports an orderly migration

Blinken calls Gonzlez Laya, emphasizes the “strong friendship and relationship” with our country and asks Spain to spend more on Defense

The Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzlez Laya, at the Expansion Forum held this week.Fernando VillarEFE

The US today made a gesture with Espaa, on the eve of the meeting that Joe Biden and Pedro Sánchez will hold on Monday in Brussels, within the framework of the NATO summit. The American Secretary of State, Antony Blink, has called the Foreign Minister, Arancha Gonzlez Laya, according to his spokesman Ned Price, to “reaffirm the strong alliance, friendship and transatlantic relationship between the United States and Spain.”

A pronouncement that occurs in the midst of a diplomatic crisis with Morocco, with Rabat insisting on their criticisms against our country, even after the European Parliament has condemned their actions for using migration as a political weapon. A new statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs He has insisted on blaming Spain for the deterioration of bilateral relations, has described as “useless” the attempts to “Europeanize” the crisis and has pointed out that Morocco “does not need any endorsement of its migration management.” “The position of teacher and student no longer works. Paternalism is a dead end.”

In this context, the Blinken spokesperson reiterated “the United States’ commitment to migration that takes place through regular channels and in a safe, orderly and humane manner.” A message that has already been sent by the Spanish embassy in the United States and that supposes a clear rejection of the wave of immigrants, many of them young people and children, that Rabat launched against the coasts of Ceuta.

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The conversation between Laya and his American counterpart also precedes the announcement on Monday that Spain will host the NATO summit in 2020, a special appointment in the history of the Atlantic Alliance, because it is an extraordinary meeting in which the challenges for the coming years will be defined. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Moncloa They have been working on the proposal for months, which will mean the presence of Biden in our country together with the 29 heads of state.

Gonzlez Laya has commented on a Tweet Blinken’s call. “Good conversation and the commitment to work together for the stability of the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Latin America. Cooperation on migration issues. Boosting an ambitious vision.”

It is the second time that Blinken and Gonzlez Laya have talked on the phone. On the first occasion, on February 16, the head of US diplomacy thanked the Spanish government for “its reception of US military forces,” mainly in the US military bases. Rota Y Morn, which are the main reason for interest of Washington on Espaa. On this occasion, Blinken reminded Spain of “the commitment to spend more on common defense” within NATO, an old demand of the United States since the time of the presidency of the United States. Ronald Reagan that struck a particularly serious tone with Donald Trump in the White House.

If you compare the topics covered in each of the conversations, you can see the change in the international agenda in recent months. In February, the fight against Covid-19 was one of the issues mentioned in the statement from the State Department; on this occasion, it is not even named. Instead, the migration crisis, in which the United States stood aside as it faces two of its main allies in one area, the Mediterranean Y Gibraltar, which he considers critical to his geostrategic interests, played a central role.

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One of the common points of both conversations was Venezuela. Although there are differences there too. The February State Department statement only mentions that country. Now, however, he speaks of the “challenges,” and includes another nation of Latin america, Nicaragua, on which the Biden administration has imposed sanctions this week for the arrest of practically all of the leaders of the opposition to the president, the leftist Daniel Ortega. Russia Y China, which were discussed in the first conversation, are now not cited, although they do appear for the first time middle East, an ambiguous term in the US, which sometimes includes from Morocco until Afghanistan.


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