The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with the Secretary General of International Cooperation for Development of Spain, Gonzalo Robles, and the Director of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, Juan López-Dóriga with whom he discussed the future of collaboration between the two institutions and issues of security and development in the region.
In the framework of the meeting, held at OAS headquarters in Washington, DC, Secretary General Robles expressed Spain’s interest in continuing cooperation projects with the OAS currently underway, and reiterated the continued support of his country for Latin America and for the work of the hemispheric institution. Robles said that the relationship with the organization allows Spain to "expand political cooperation with its Member Countries."
For his part, Secretary General Insulza highlighted the "significant relationship" that has been established with Spain, and emphasized specifically its "support and involvement" for the work the OAS has done over the last eight years with the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia (MAPP/OAS).
Other issues that occupied the agenda of the meeting were: the content and conclusions of the 22nd Ibero-American Summit, held on November 16 and 17 in Cadiz, Spain, and attended by Secretary General Insulza as a special guest; the recent approval of the budget of the organization; and the reworking of the OAS to focus on key issues in the region. Other issues included the support provided by the hemispheric institution in strengthening security in several Central American countries.
In 1972, Spain was the first country outside the region to be accredited as a Permanent Observer to the OAS, and since then has worked with the organization on issues relating to the strengthening of democracy, security and human rights, among others.
A gallery of photos of the event is available here.
The video of the event is available here.
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