New Delhi: Spanish foreign minister José Manuel Albares Bueno will pay an official visit to India on Wednesday, June 15.
During his stay in New Delhi, Mr Albares will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar on bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.
An MEA statement said India and Spain enjoy close and friendly relations.
“The bilateral ties got a fresh impetus after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Spain in 2017. Mr. Albares’s visit will be an opportunity to review the entire gamut of our bilateral relations and further deepen the partnership across various areas including trade, defence, science & technology, innovation, climate, and culture sectors,” the MEA said.
Spain is India’s 8th largest trade partner in Europe. Bilateral trade during January – December 2020 stood at US$5.015 billion after crossing the US$6 billion mark for the first time in 2018.
India’s exports stood at US$3.765 billion, while imports stood at US$1.51 billion.
It may be mentioned that during the COVID-19 crisis, both the Prime Ministers had a phone call.
Cultural exchange is an important component of India-Spain bilateral relations. The ICCR cultural groups to Spain and offer ten scholarships annually to Spanish students to study in India.