Guatemala and Spain strengthen friendship and cooperation ties 

The Guatemalan president arrived in Madrid, Spain, as part of his official visit to Europe.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. The president of Guatemala, Bernardo Arévalo and the president of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, met this Thursday in the Moncloa Palace as part of his official visit to Spain. 

The Spanish president said through his official X account, “Welcome to Spain, dear President Bernardo Arévalo, on this first official visit. Thank you for your example, leadership, and commitment to democracy and human rights. Spain will be an ally in achieving a future of prosperity, progress, and development in Guatemala.”

The Guatemalan president arrived in Madrid as part of his visit that began in Munich, Germany, and continued in Paris, Brussels, and Geneva.

The president of Guatemala attended a meeting with King Felipe VI at the Zarzuela Palace this morning.

Official visit

President Arévalo and First Lady Lucrecia Peinado met at the Royal Palace, where the King and Queen offered him a lunch in his honor with some eighty guests.

During the event, President Bernardo Arévalo and his wife greeted special guests, including President Pedro Sánchez and Johanna Anayuri Reynoso Urzúa, Guatemala’s Chargé d’Affaires in Spain.

This is the first official visit of the president of Guatemala to Spain since he took office on January 15.

Diplomatic Relations

The working visit to Spain aims to develop high-level meetings to establish strategic alliances and reinforce bilateral relations between Guatemala and Spain, addressing topics of mutual interest. 

Diplomatic relations between Guatemala and Spain date back to 1863 and are natural, strategic, and a priority, with strong human, historical, social, cultural, political, economic, and linguistic ties.

The authorities’ approach strives to strengthen, at the highest level, the ties of friendship and cooperation between Guatemala and Spain and to promote the bilateral agenda, addressing issues such as investment, cooperation in different areas, infrastructure, labor migration, credit, and tourism promotion.

It also seeks to strengthen Guatemala’s international presence using these spaces of direct dialogue with Spain. In this way, the Government of Guatemala wants to promote the country’s foreign policy as well as its priorities and national interests. 

These actions also intend to position Guatemala as a reliable partner on the international scene, strengthening the country’s presence in the global arena and promoting its national interests in international cooperation.

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