The Government will give a “calm and firm response” to Algeria after the breakdown of relations

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, José Manuel 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 the Western Sahara and has advocated giving a “serene, constructive and firm” responseaccording to the “interests of Spain”.

Albares will travel to Brussels this Friday to meet with the vice president of the Commission and commissioner responsible for EU trade policy, Valdis Dombrovskis, in the midst of the crisis with Algeria, as RTVE has been able to confirm.

“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“, he said this Thursday in statements to the media after Algeria decided this Wednesday to break relations with Spain.

Albares already regretted the Algerian decision this Wednesday and assured that the gas supply was not at risk because Algeria was a reliable partner. It was later learned that the Professional Association of Banks and Financial Establishments (ABEF) of Algeria ordered the freezing of bank direct debits related to foreign trade operations of products and services to and from our country.

Albares assures that the Government will give a “calm and firm response” to Algeria after the breakdown of relations

Reiterates that there are no problems with Algerian gas

This Thursday, the Foreign Minister reiterated that currently“there is no problem” with the gas flow. “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.

He has also referred to the words of the president of Algeria, Abdelmadijd Tebboune, who on April 24 stated that the supply of gas to Spain was guaranteed.

Meanwhile, the third vice president and minister for the Ecological Transition, Teresa Ribera, has trusted that Algerian companies comply with the“obligations” stipulated in gas sales contracts that are in force and have been signed with Spanish companies and has regretted that the “good relationship with Morocco” harms the relationship with Algeria.

In any case, the minister has asked for “prudence” and to ensure that the hypothesis of having to resort to international courts and arbitration mechanisms to demand compliance with contracts does not materialize.

For his part, Albares has expressed the Government’s desire to “have the best relations with Algeria”, but has insisted that they remain under the premises of the Treaty of Friendship which indicates thatRelations between both countries must be based on “sovereign equality, non-interference in internal affairs and mutual respect.”

Asked if there have already been diplomatic contacts with Algeria, the head of Spanish diplomacy did not want to reveal anything and appealed to “discretion.”

Bolaños defines that the breakup “is not definitive”

On the other hand, the Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Cortes and Democratic Memory, Félix Bolaños, has defended that“The suspension of the treaty of friendship and cooperation is not definitive” with Algeria and has assured that the Government will try to “reestablish” the relationship “with all diplomatic means.”

We are sorry that you have suspended it, but we must differentiate between breaking the treaty, denouncing it as technically called and suspending it. Just like at the time other decisions they made that are not definitive,” he stressed this Thursday in statements to Antena 3.

However, Bolaños has stated thatThe Government will continue working to “rebuild” relations with Algeria “as soon as possible”. “We want to have a normalized, loyal relationship and that is what we are in,” she added.

When asked by journalists, several ministers regretted Algeria’s response and stressed that the Government “is working to redirect the situation.” The Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, has indicated that the situation “will not affect security, where work is permanent.”

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