The foreign minister explains that the executive is analyzing the implications “in both Spain and the European Union” to give an “appropriate response” to Algiers’ decision.
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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albers, said on Thursday that the government was analyzing the consequences of Algeria’s decision to freeze foreign trade. Spain And respond “calm, constructive, but firm” in favor of Spanish interests.
Albers furthered the reaction in journalists’ statements when Algeria decided to suspend the Treaty of Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation with Spain and Algerian banks from foreign trade operations of products and services to and from Spain. The respective direct debit has been stopped.
The head of Spanish diplomacy this Wednesday expressed regret over the Algerian decision to suspend the treaty between the two countries and said they do not fear retaliation in energy matters as Algeria is a reliable partner.
After those statements it was found that Professional association of banks and financial establishments of Algeria (ABEF) ordered a freeze on direct debit.
Albers cited the decision as saying that the government was analyzing its effects in both Spain and the European Union, reports Efe news. “A calm, constructive response, but also determined to protect the interests of Spain and Spanish companies,” he emphasized.
The minister reiterated the government’s desire to have the best possible relations with Algeria and adhere to the entire contents of the bilateral friendship treaty, which he recalled, including sovereign equality of states and non-interference in internal affairs.
Asked whether the closure of the trade could affect the supply of gas from Algeria to Spain, he insisted that what this means in practice is being studied, but insisted that this gas The flow “presents no discomfort at this time”.
“What the gas companies tell us is that there is no difficulty with regards to this measure so that it remains that way,” he said.
Alberis remembered the words of the President of Algeria, abdelmadijd tebbouneIn which it had guaranteed the supply of gas to Spain on 24 April.
The minister did not want to disclose whether there have been diplomatic contacts between Spain and Algeria after learning of this country’s decision and appealed for discretion.
More powerful has been Teresa Ribera, the third vice president and minister for the ecological transition and demographic challenge, who warned this Thursday that if diplomatic tensions with Algeria affect gas supplies from that country, Spain could face the consequences both in court and internationally. Will go The mediation mechanism informs Servimedia.
“I believe it will continue to work,” said Ribera in an interview on Onda Cerro, where he explained that the supply of gas from that country is included in commercial contracts between the Algerian company. sonatracho and Spanish companies.
He assured that “we have great respect for the Algerian government”, adding that “we do not like it” that it has decided to break the good friendship treaty. For this reason, he has indicated that “we are ready to fix this relationship as soon as possible, but we also want good relations with Morocco”.
In fact, he has defended that the poor relations between Morocco and Algeria are “their problem which should not affect the good relations between Spain and each of them”.
For his part, the Minister of the Presidency, Flix Bolaos, has stated that the Friendship Treaty has not been broken but has been suspended, like other decisions made by the Algerian country, not final.
“You have to make a distinction between breaking the treaty, technically condemning it, and suspending it. Like other decisions at the time, let’s assume they are not the final decision,” he transferred in an interview on Antennas 3. Europa Press.
Bolaos has assured that they will continue to work with all diplomatic means at their disposal to restore the friendship treaty “as soon as possible”. “We want to have a normal, loyal relationship and that’s what we are in,” he said, noting that Spain’s geo-strategic position with respect to Morocco and Algeria differs from other countries in the region. The European Union,
With regard to gas supply, the minister stressed that Algeria has always been a reliable partner, as the Algerian authorities have said, “(gas) is not at risk in any case”.
He has also stated that he has no “signs” that the gas supply is being questioned and, soon after, he has assured that he has extended his hand to rebuild the relationship.
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