The Chairman of the Council Foundation, Antonio Escámez, attended the meeting with the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
The meeting between the Indian Leaders and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Ignacio Ybáñez, served to underscore the clear desire both countries have to strengthen relations, but it also highlighted the significant work still to be done. Ignacio Ybañez talked the MPs through the three pillars of Mariano Rajoy’s government’s strategy to enhance Spain’s presence in the country: increase institutional and political coordination, consolidate commercial trade, and bring the societies of the two countries closer together.
The meeting also covered the economic activity between the countries, which is still far lower than it should be, and even more so compared with our European neighbours. With regard to how this situation is to be corrected, Ignacio Ybáñez underlined the Spanish government’s strong commitment to India through its Strategic Internationalisation Programme, explaining that the internationalisation of Spanish companies has been one of the main drivers of the country’s economic recovery.
The Secretary of State pointed out that the SIFC’s task is focused on achieving all of these goals, not just through the Leaders Programme but also through its other activities, such as the Spain-India Forum, adding that this is why it has become such a useful, invaluable diplomatic tool for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. During the event, the Secretary of State reminded the attendees that 2016 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the two countries, and said Spain would like to organise a series of visits to make these relations stronger still.
Further photographs at Gallery.
Follow the Programme through SICF’ social networks and the hashtag #LíderesIndios.