The visit of Spain’s Foreign Minister aims to improve defence cooperation

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NEW DELHI: On his first official visit to India, Spain’s Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares met with India’s External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on Wednesday. During the meeting, they discussed the whole range of bilateral relations.

The two Ministers agreed to add new depth and content to their relationship. The topics of trade and investments, people-to-people ties, climate cooperation, green energy, science and technology, innovation, and defence and security were all thoroughly explored.

They emphasised the necessity of holding frequent meetings of bilateral institutional bodies and expediting the completion of MoUs/Agreements in various areas. During the meeting, the Ministers signed a Joint Declaration of Intent on Cooperation in Cultural and Academic Fields.

Both ministers agreed to expand their defence and security cooperation, with Airbus Spain delivering 56 C295 planes, 40 of which will be built in India. They reaffirmed their commitment to work closely together in the fight against common dangers like terrorism, violent extremism, and cybercrime.

They were overjoyed that bilateral trade has restored to pre-Covid levels and that there is still plenty of possibility for expansion. They agreed that there are additional prospects for collaboration between the two countries in sectors including information technology, medicines, and renewable energy, as well as new and undeveloped emerging fields like green hydrogen, electric mobility, sophisticated materials, and deep-sea research.

The Ministers also discussed a range of regional and global problems of mutual concern, emphasising their shared knowledge and commitment to addressing issues such as climate change, global health, sustainable development, and counter-terrorism.