Foreign Minister Jaishankar holds talks with his Spanish counterpart Albares Bueno

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno has described India as a global power and an important partner of Spain.

Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno has described India as a global power and an important partner of Spain.

Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar held in-depth talks with his Spanish counterpart, Jose Manuel Albares Bueno, on June 15 on bilateral cooperation in the areas of defence, trade and culture. The Ukraine crisis is also said to have featured in the discussions.

“Warm and productive discussions with Minister of Foreign Affairs @jmalbares of Spain. We discussed our growing political, defence, economic and cultural commitments. Consider enhanced collaboration to support autonomy and chains resilient supply chain,” Mr. Jaishankar tweeted. Mr. Albares is on a one-day visit to India.

India and Spain maintain close and friendly relations. Bilateral relations gained new momentum after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Spain in 2017. For his part, Albares described India as a global power and an important partner of Spain.

In a tweet in Spanish, he said the meeting with Jaishankar was excellent and the two sides will continue to work to deepen bilateral relations and signed a declaration of cultural and academic cooperation.

On Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said that Mr. Albares’ visit would be an opportunity to review the full range of our bilateral relations and further deepen the partnership in various fields, including trade, defence, science and technology and climate change.

Shirlene J. Manley