The Philippines and Spain Recommit to Deepen Enduring Ties

Foreign Affairs OIC-Undersecretary for Policy Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso (right) and State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean Cristina Gallach Figueras (left) co-chaired the 5th Philippines-Spain Political Consultations. I DFA Photo

The Philippines and Spain convened virtually their 5th round of Political Consultations enabling both sides to renew their commitment to deepening their long-standing historical ties in key areas of political, security, economic, cultural and development cooperation.

The Meeting focused on expanding cultural and education linkages between the two countries, including the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines, establishing two joint working groups on the existing Tourism Cooperation Agreement and on trade and investment initiatives; as well as  approving bilateral agreements to expand defense and security, trade and investment, development assistance, educational and cultural and people-to-people cooperation, economic and financial cooperation, and social security cooperation amid the challenges brought about by the global pandemic.

Both sides agreed to deepen ASEAN-EU relations as the Philippines assumes its role as country coordinator of ASEAN-EU relations in 2021. Climate change, biodiversity, poverty eradication, and women empowerment were identified as high priority cooperation areas in the context of ASEAN-EU engagement.

Spain will host the next round of bilateral consultations in Madrid.

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