Albares travels to Brussels this Friday in the midst of the crisis with Algeria





The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel Albares, will travel to Brussels this Friday to meet with the vice-president of the Commission responsible for EU trade policyValdis Dombrovskis, as diplomatic sources have informed RTVE.es.

The minister’s displacement comes after Algeria’s decision to suspend foreign trade operations with Spain. The Government is analyzing the implications of this measure to offer an adequate response, “calm but firm”, as Albares himself explained.

The minister has modified his agenda and finally he will not travel to Los Angeles, where he planned to participate this Thursday and Friday at the Summit of the Americas at the invitation of the United States. In her place, the Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Pilar Cancela, will attend.

Previously, Albares has assured that the Government is studying “the scope” of the suspension of the Treaty of Friendship, Goodwill and Cooperation announced by Algeria due to Spain’s change of position on Western Sahara and has advocated giving a “serene, constructive and firm” responseaccording to the “interests of Spain”.

Albares points out that the gas supply is not at risk

“We have to analyze this measure, what it means, what it implies at the national and European level andgive the appropriate response so that the interests of Spain are defended“Albares said in statements to the media after learning of Algeria’s decision.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs has once again repeated that currently“there is no problem” with the gas flow, since Algeria is the second largest gas supplier to our country after the United States. “What the gas companies tell us is that there is no difficulty regarding this measure so that this continues to be the case,” he added.

It has also been justified by recalling the words of the president of Algeria, Abdelmadijd Tebboune, who on April 24 stated that the supply of gas to Spain was guaranteed.

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