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Permanent Observer of Spain to the OAS presented credentials

  June 30, 2017

Permanent Observer of Spain to the OAS presented credentials
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The new Permanent Observer of Spain to the Organization of American States (OAS), Cristóbal Valdés, today presented his credentials to Secretary General Luis Almagro.

Ambassador Valdés recalled that his country shared the Organization's democratic and human rights values, noting that Spain is one of the main external donors to the OAS. "Spain will continue to support the missions of the Organization, which are of the utmost importance in the hemisphere. We cooperate in many projects, among them the missions in Colombia, Honduras, Guatemala and Belize and the electoral observation missions. We attach great importance to the Inter-American Human Rights System."

For his part, Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, stressed that, through the Organization, Spain has strengthened its ties with the countries of the region and has collaborated in the permanent search to realize the ideals of the Charter of the OAS.

"Spain and the Permanent Observers play an increasingly active role in supporting the Inter-American agenda. Our agenda is enriched by the exchange of experience and good practices between Member States and Permanent Observers, and also through the always welcome financial contribution", he said.

Spain became in 1972 the first Permanent Observer country to the Organization.

Reference: FNE-21954