A delegation from the National Defence College made an official visit to the Spanish capital, Madrid, to meet with officials from Spanish ministries of foreign affairs, interior, defence and finance, in the presence of Sarah Ghazi Al Muhri, Acting Charge D’Affaires at the UAE Embassy.
The visit is part of the college’s national defence course, which aims to enable students to explore the visions, strategies, work and achievements of Spanish ministries. It also aims to reinforce cooperation between the UAE and Spain, and explore Spain’s foreign policy, especially with the UAE.
The delegation met with, at the headquarters of the Arab House in Madrid, Eva Martínez Sánchez, Director-General for the Maghreb, the Mediterranean and the Middle East State Secretariat for Foreign Affairs, and José Antonio Sabadell, Director of Policy Planning at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who explained Spain’s strategic diplomatic efforts to reinforce its national security, as well as its related visions and directives.
The delegation then visited the Spanish Parliament, to explore its history and its role in the country’s political life, as well as the activities of its various committees.
National Defence College participants also visited the headquarters of the General Directorate of International Relations and Migration of the Spanish Ministry of the Interior and met with Antonia Mina Lopez, Deputy Director-General of International Police Cooperation, who presented Spain’s experience in cooperating with European countries and North Africa to combat terrorism and prevent illegal immigration.