The President of the Government and the President of the United States, Pedro Sánchez and Joe Biden, will appear next Tuesday the 28th after the bilateral meeting they will hold at the Moncloa Palace. Biden will then go to the Palacio de la Zarzuela to hold a meeting with King Felipe VI.
Government sources have detailed that the president of the United States will arrive in Spain next Tuesday and in the early afternoon he will be received by Pedro Sánchez at the Palacio de la Moncloa in a meeting that, according to Moncloa, will serve to “reinforce, update and renew” the relationship between the United States and Spain, “strategic allies in many aspects” who have maintained “many contacts” in recent months.
Both leaders will then make an appearance, although it is not clear whether it will be an institutional statement without questions or a press conference, since Biden arrives in Spain from the G7 meeting, where there will be a press conference.
The meeting with Biden joins the other four bilateral meetings that the chief executive will hold at the Palacio de la Moncloa, taking advantage of the NATO summit next week. All of them will take place in the hours prior to the start of the summit, which is held on Wednesday and Thursday in Madrid, and once it is over.
The president will kick off his agenda on Tuesday with Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who has been in office for a month. This will also be the first visit to Spain by an Australian head of government, according to the same sources.
Next, he will receive the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, with whom the president maintains great harmony and with whose country a strategic association was established last year; and the president will complete the day with a meeting with the prime minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir.
In addition, at noon, Sánchez will have the opportunity to visit, together with the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, the facilities at IFEMA where the summit will be held, in order to check that everything is ready for the event.
Both will then hold a working lunch in Moncloa in order to go over the last details for the summit, from which the new Strategic Concept for the next ten years will emerge, in which the Alliance will set its strategy against challenges it is currently facing.
According to the aforementioned sources, the Government is also working so that there are bilateral meetings, of a more informal nature, during the two days that the summit will last at IFEMA, although they have not given details about which leaders they would be with since the agendas are closing. .
Among these meetings there could be a meeting with a representative of Ukraine, who is expected to be represented in person at the Summit through his Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kuleba, once his president, Volodímir Zelensky, has said that he will intervene by videoconference .
Lastly, once the Summit is over, Sánchez will receive the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, on Thursday afternoon, with whom he also plans to have lunch. The president has a very close relationship with the Canadian president, with whom he has met eight times, and his official visit will be a return of the one Sánchez made to Canada in 2018.
From Moncloa, they have justified all these bilateral meetings by the fact that they are countries with whose leaders it is more difficult to coincide in international forums or that, as in the case of Australia or New Zealand, it is more difficult to visit.