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Spain, through its EU presidency, aims to boost EU-Turkiye relations

July 2, 2023 at 1:45 pm

Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Albares on 29 June, 2023 in Madrid, Spain [Eduardo Parra/Europa Press via Getty Images]

Spain made a commitment to “promote EU-Turkiye relations with a positive agenda” as part of its presidency program, the Foreign Ministry said on Sunday, reports Anadolu Agency.

According to the EU Presidency Program released by the Spanish Foreign Ministry, the country aims “to foster mutually beneficial collaborations, including the resumption of EU and Turkiye High-Level Dialogue meetings, with a constructive approach towards Turkiye.”

The program also highlights Spain’s dedication to ensuring security and stability in the Eastern Mediterranean throughout its EU presidency.

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“These include facilitating the reindustrialization of the EU through strategic planning and self-sufficiency, expediting the transition towards ecological and environmental sustainability, advancing social and economic justice, and reinforcing political unity to uphold a national order based on peace, stability, and development,” Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares announced, unveiling the program, titled A Closer Europe, in Madrid on June 29.

During its six-month EU presidency, Spain intends to host 22 high-level informal meetings.

Spain took over the presidency of the EU from Sweden on Saturday.